American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A continuous, unwavering course. See Synonyms at tendency.
- n. The word, phrase, or subject with which the vehicle of a metaphor is identified, as life in "Life's but a walking shadow” ( Shakespeare).
- n. The course of thought or argument running through something written or spoken.
- n. General sense; purport.
- n. Law The exact meaning or actual wording of a document as distinct from its effect.
- n. Law An exact copy of a document.
- n. Music The highest natural adult male voice.
- n. Music One who sings this part.
- n. Music An instrument that sounds within this range.
- n. Music A vocal or instrumental part written within this range.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. General, usual, or prevailing course or direction.
- n. General course or drift of a thought, saying, discourse, or the like; that course of thought or meaning which holds on or runs through a whole discourse, treatise, statute, or the like; general purport; substance.
- n. In law: True intent and meaning; purport and effect: as, the tenor of a deed or instrument of any kind is its purport and effect, but not its actual words.
- n. A transcript or copy. It implies that a correct copy is set out, and therefore at common law, under an allegation according to the tenor, the instrument must be set out correctly.
- n. Character; nature.
- n. In music: The highest variety of the ordinary adult male voice. Its compass usually extends about two octaves or less from the first C below middle C. Its quality is properly thin and penetrating, bearing much the same relation to bass that soprano does to alto. Its upper tones often much resemble the middle tones of alto. A tenor voice having somewhat of the breadth and sonority of a barytone is often called (in Italian) a tenore robusto, while a light, agile tenor is called a tenore leggiero.
- n. A singer with such a voice, or a voice-part intended for or sung by such a voice. In ordinary part-writing the tenor is the third voice-part, intermediate between the alto and the bass.
- n. An instrument playing a third part; specifically, the viola (which see).
- n. In medieval music, also, the hold or pause on a final tone of a piece
- n. the ambitus or compass of a mode
- n. the repercussion of a mode.
- n. In Massachusetts, a new form of such currency, issued in accordance with an act of the year 1741 and subsequent years, and differing but slightly from that above described. The notes of this emission received the name of new tenor, which caused the preceding series, which had hitherto borne that name, to be thenceforth called middle tenor.
- In music, of or pertaining to the tenor; adapted for singing or playing the tenor: as, a tenor voice; a tenor instrument; a tenor part.
- n. archaic, music Musical part or section that holds or performs the main melody, as opposed to the contratenor bassus and contratenor altus, who perform countermelodies.
- n. obsolete duration; continuance.
- n. music Musical range or section higher than bass and lower than alto.
- n. A person, instrument, or group that performs in the tenor (higher than bass and lower than alto) range.
- n. Tone, as of a conversation.
- n. linguistics The subject in a metaphor to which attributes are ascribed.
- n. finance Time-to-maturity of a bond.
- adj. of or pertaining to the tenor part or range
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.
- n. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
- n. Stamp; character; nature.
- n. (Law) An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from
purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.
- n. The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; hence, the part in the harmony adapted to this voice; the second of the four parts in the scale of sounds, reckoning from the base, and originally the air, to which the other parts were auxillary.
- n. A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it.
- n. the pitch range of the highest male voice
- n. a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life
- n. the adult male singing voice above baritone
- n. an adult male with a tenor voice
- adj. of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice
- adj. (of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass
- n. the general meaning or substance of an utterance
- From Latin tenor ("holder"), from teneō ("hold"). In music, from the notion of the one who holds the melody as opposed to the countertenor. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin, uninterrupted course, from tenēre, to hold, continue; see ten- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Occasionally, perhaps four or five times in the year, the Reverend Edward Pewlay, who had what he called a tenor voice, and his wife, who played the pianoforte very fairly, came over to assist at a Penny Reading.”
“The main tenor of the discussion has been more about how can coursebooks be customised so that they better match the needs, interests, learning styles, contexts, etc of the learners.”
“There email exchange, in tenor and content, make it pretty clear what facts Sen. Carroll has in mind to uncover.”
“Both suggestions were similar in tenor, namely, to give Mr. Bertram Arkwright an insight into the rawness and redness of life in the Solomons.”
“Where in basic metaphors the correspondance of vehicle and tenor is often easily reconstructed or even explicit, as that metaphor is extended the figure may become such a centre of attention that its relationship to a particular absent subject becomes despecified.”
“So are you saying that we/you find it impossible to say goodbye to Modernism because though at its core it wrestles with the art form, its emotional tenor is dazzling?”
“This creates a certain tenor or stridency and also gets the book a certain labeling.”
“As they begin the glorious and vocally strenuous final scene, the tenor is exhausted and the soprano is fresh as a daisy.”
“Its general tenor is to take more power away from the local boroughs and concentrate them in the hands of the Mayor, while ensuring that the neither the Assembly nor those boroughs can have any control over him and his “strategies”.”
“The tenor is completely different from some of my earlier work.”
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