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noun, Music.
1.
an interval of two semitones, as A-B or B-C♯; a major second.
Also called wholetone.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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British Dictionary definitions for whole tone

whole tone

noun
1.
an interval of two semitones; a frequency difference of 200 cents in the system of equal temperament Often shortened to tone
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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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