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whole step

noun, Music.
an interval of two semitones, as A-B or B-C♯; a major second.
Also called wholetone.
Origin of whole step
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The expressions half-step and whole-step are much to be preferred to half-tone and whole-tone, as being more clear and definite.

  • If strictly logical terminology is to be insisted upon the whole-tone scale should be called the "whole-step" scale.

  • The interval between the two tones may therefore be either a half-step or a whole-step.

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