from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music The seventh tone of a diatonic scale, immediately below the tonic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to imperfectly articulated sounds or utterances that are inaudible or barely audible, as characterized by Dr. James Rush (Guide to Pronunciation, 1833).
- n. The note immediately below the upper note of a musical scale.
- n. An imperfectly articulated sound or utterance, as characterized by Dr. James Rush (Guide to Pronunciation, 1833).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Applied to, or distinguishing, a speech element consisting of tone, or proper vocal sound, not pure as in the vowels, but dimmed and otherwise modified by some kind of obstruction in the oral or the nasal passage, and in some cases with a mixture of breath sound; -- a term introduced by Dr. James Rush in 1833. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§155, 199-202.
- n. A subtonic sound or element; a vocal consonant, as b, d, g, n, etc.; a subvocal.
- n. The seventh tone of the scale, or that immediately below the tonic; -- called also subsemitone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, the next tone below the upper tonic of a scale; the leading-tone or seventh, as E in the scale of F. Also called subsemitone.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale
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