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diatonic


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Diatonic  \Di`a*ton"ic\,  a.  [L.  diatonicus  diatonus  Gr  ?,  ?, 
  fr  ?  to  stretch  out  dia`  through  +  ?  to  stretch:  cf  F. 
  diatonique  See  {Tone}.]  (Mus.) 
  Pertaining  to  the  scale  of  eight  tones,  the  eighth  of  which 
  is  the  octave  of  the  first 
 
  {Diatonic  scale}  (Mus.),  a  scale  consisting  of  eight  sounds 
  with  seven  intervals,  of  which  two  are  semitones  and  five 
  are  whole  tones;  a  modern  major  or  minor  scale,  as 
  distinguished  from  the  {chromatic}  scale. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  diatonic 
  adj  1:  (music)  based  on  the  standard  major  or  minor  scales 
  consisting  of  5  tones  and  2  semitones  without 
  modulation  by  accidentals  [ant:  {chromatic}] 
  2:  based  on  or  using  the  five  tones  and  two  semitones  of  the 
  major  or  minor  scales  of  Western  music 




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