American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music Modification of the intervals of just intonation in the tuning of instruments of fixed intonation to permit harmonic modulation. It allows one to modulate to or play in any of the 12 major or 12 minor keys.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) See Temperament.
- n. (Mus.) that in which the variations from mathematically true pitch are distributed among all the keys alike.
- n. the division of the scale based on an octave that is divided into twelve exactly equal semitones
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