semitonal

semitone

[sem-ee-tohn, sem-ahy-]
noun Music.
a pitch interval halfway between two whole tones.
Also called half step, half tone.


Origin:
1600–10; semi- + tone

semitonic [sem-ee-ton-ik, sem-ahy-] , semitonal [sem-ee-tohn-l, sem-ahy-] , adjective
semitonally, adverb
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semitone (ˈsɛmɪˌtəʊn)
 
n
Compare whole tone Also called (US and Canadian): half step an interval corresponding to a frequency difference of 100 cents as measured in the system of equal temperament, and denoting the pitch difference between certain adjacent degrees of the diatonic scale (diatonic semitone) or between one note and its sharpened or flattened equivalent (chromatic semitone); minor second
 
semitonic
 
adj
 
semi'tonally
 
adv

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