follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

whole-tone scale

[hohl-tohn] /ˈhoʊlˌtoʊn/
noun, Music.
1.
a scale progressing entirely by whole tones, as C, D, E, F♯, G♯, A♯, C.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for wholetone scale

whole-tone scale

noun
1.
either of two scales produced by commencing on one of any two notes a chromatic semitone apart and proceeding upwards or downwards in whole tones for an octave. Such a scale, consisting of six degrees to the octave, is used by Debussy and subsequent composers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for wholetone scale

whole-tone scale

in music, a scalar arrangement of pitches, each separated from the next by a whole-tone step (or whole step), in contradistinction to the chromatic scale (consisting entirely of half steps, also called semitones) and the various diatonic scales, such as the major and minor scales (which are different arrangements of whole and half steps).

Learn more about whole-tone scale with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for whole-tone scale

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for wholetone

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends