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intonation

[in-toh-ney-shuhn, -tuh-]
noun
1.
the pattern or melody of pitch changes in connected speech, especially the pitch pattern of a sentence, which distinguishes kinds of sentences or speakers of different language cultures.
2.
the act or manner of intonating.
3.
the manner of producing musical tones, specifically the relation in pitch of tones to their key or harmony.
4.
something that is intoned or chanted.
5.
the opening phrase in a Gregorian chant, usually sung by one or two voices.

Origin:
1610–20; < Medieval Latin intonātiōn- (stem of intonātiō). See intonate, -ion

intonational, adjective
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intonation (ˌɪntəʊˈneɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the sound pattern of phrases and sentences produced by pitch variation in the voice
2.  the act or manner of intoning
3.  an intoned, chanted, or monotonous utterance; incantation
4.  music the opening of a piece of plainsong, sung by a soloist
5.  music
 a.  the correct or accurate pitching of intervals
 b.  See also just intonation the capacity to play or sing in tune
 
into'national
 
adj

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