whole tone

whole step

noun Music.
an interval of two semitones, as A-B or B-C♯; a major second.
Also called wholetone.


Origin:
1895–1900

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whole tone or (US and Canadian) whole step
 
n
Often shortened to: tone an interval of two semitones; a frequency difference of 200 cents in the system of equal temperament
 
whole step or (US and Canadian) whole step
 
n

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whole tone definition


An interval between musical notes. Do and re are a whole tone apart, as are re and mi, fa and sol, sol and la, and la and ti.

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