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

  • n. Music A diatonic scale having a half step between the second and third degrees and any of several intervalic arrangements above the fifth.

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  • n. A diatonic scale based upon a relative major scale by changing its tonic note by three semitones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. The form of the minor scale is various. The strictly correct form has the third and sixth minor, with a semitone between the seventh and eighth, which involves an augmented second interval, or three semitones, between the sixth and seventh, as, 6/F, 7/G♯, 8/A. But, for melodic purposes, both the sixth and the seventh are sometimes made major in the ascending, and minor in the descending, scale, thus: -- [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] See Major.

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

  • n. a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6th


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