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microtone

[mahy-kruh-tohn] /ˈmaɪ krəˌtoʊn/
noun
1.
any musical interval smaller than a semitone, specifically, a quarter tone.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; micro- + tone
Related forms
microtonal, adjective
microtonality, noun
microtonally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for microtonality

microtone

/ˈmaɪkrəʊˌtəʊn/
noun
1.
any musical interval smaller than a semitone
Derived Forms
microtonal, adjective
microtonality, noun
microtonally, adverb
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Encyclopedia Article for microtonality

microtonal music

music using tones in intervals that differ from the standard semitones (half steps) of a tuning system or scale. In the division of the octave established by the tuning system used on the piano, equal temperament, the smallest interval (e.g., between B and C, F and F, A and A) is the semitone, an interval also measured as 100 cents. There are thus 12 equal semitones, or 1,200 cents, to the octave; these in sequence constitute the chromatic scale. Western tuning systems that were more common before about 1700 divided the octave into semitones of varying size

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