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meantone system

[meen-tohn] /ˈminˌtoʊn/
noun, Music.
1.
a system for tuning keyboard instruments, used before the development of tuning by equal temperament and considered practical only for tonalities of not more than two sharps or flats.
Origin of meantone system
1790-1800
1790-1800; mean3 + tone
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