American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music A note that connects two consonant pitches by stepwise motion and usually occurs on a weak beat. Also called passing tone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, an unessential or discordant tone melodically combined with harmonically essential tones, either between them or next above or below them. Such accessory tones are usually unaccented.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) a character including a passing tone.
- n. a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
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