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just intonation

noun, Music.
1.
a system of tuning based on the pure perfect fifth and major third.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50
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British Dictionary definitions for just-intonation

just intonation

noun
1.
a form of tuning employing the pitch intervals of the untempered natural scale, sometimes employed in the playing of the violin, cello, etc
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just intonation

in music, system of tuning in which the correct size of all the intervals of the scale is calculated by different additions and subtractions of pure natural thirds and fifths (the intervals that occur between the fourth and fifth, and second and third tones, respectively, of the natural harmonic series; see overtone). Supposedly used in medieval monophonic music (melody only, without harmony) and considerably discussed by theorists, just intonation proved impractical for polyphonic (multipart) music and was replaced at least by the year 1500 by meantone temperament.

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