from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Music Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Within the boundaries of a musical scale, most commonly the Western major or minor tonalities that have octaves of seven notes in a particular configuration
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to the scale of eight tones, the eighth of which is the octave of the first.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Greek music, noting one of the three standard tetrachords, consisting of four tones at the successive intervals of a half tone, a tone, and a tone: distinguished from chromatic and enharmonic. See tetrachord.
- In modern music, using the tones, intervals. or harmonies of the standard major or minor scales without chromatic alteration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the major or minor scales of western music
- adj. based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals
Late Latin diatonicus, from Greek diatonikos : dia-, dia- + tonos, tone; see tone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)