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

  • n. See passing note.

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  • n. a non-harmonic tone that is a second lower than a note in one chord and a second higher than a note in the other chord

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a tone introduced between two other tones, on an unaccented portion of a measure, for the sake of smoother melody, but forming no essential part of the harmony.

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

  • n. a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes

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