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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music The seventh tone or degree of a scale that is a half tone below the tonic; a subtonic.

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  • n. scale degree seven when the first scale degree is one half step higher than the seventh scale degree

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale

Etymologies

From its tendency to lead into or rise to the tonic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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