Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as key-note, 1.

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Examples

  • First tier multiplex theaters in Beijing have been marketing “Shrek the Third” as the key-tone film for the second half of August.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Tonic keys are therefore those having the same key-tone.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • This change was made because the development of writing music in several parts (particularly _harmonic_ part-writing) made necessary a "leading tone," _i. e._, a tone with a strong tendency to move on up to the key-tone as a closing point.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • There is no particular basis for this theory, for although all scales must of course begin with the key-tone or tonic, this tonic may be referred to by any syllable which will serve as a basis for an association process enabling one to feel the force of the tone as a closing point -- a _home tone_.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • If the major diatonic scale be written and the interval between each tone and the key-tone noted, it will be observed that the intervals are all either major or perfect.

    Music Notation and Terminology

  • Then, looking round, he saw a young woman moving towards the river, and he watched her with a quiet interest, for his perceptions were a little sharper than usual then, and it seemed to him that she was very much in harmony with what he thought of as the key-tone of the place.

    Hawtrey's Deputy

  • He watched her with a quiet interest, for his perceptions were sharper than usual, and it seemed to him that she was very much in harmony with what he thought of as the key-tone of the place.

    Masters of the Wheat-Lands

  • The key-tone of this place is an almost overwhelming tranquillity.

    The Gold Trail

  • You're in harmony with the key-tone of this valley; but too much serenity isn't good for me; and it's probable that nobody ever retains it very long.

    The Gold Trail

  • "Peace and good will," like key-tone rules the soul,

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems

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