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  • n. An interval of two tones

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Greek major third, which comprehend two major tones (the modern major third contains one major and one minor whole tone).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek music, the interval formed by adding together two major tones; a Pythagorean major third, having the ratio 81:64, which is a comma greater than a true major third.


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  • A group of two or three syllabic concretes is called a = phrase of melody =; and as phrases vary with respect to pitch, in the order of succession of the radicals of their constituent syllables, they receive different names: such as the _monotone_, in which the radicals are all on the same pitch; and the _ditone_ and the _tritone_, groups of two tones and three tones respectively, with radicals of different pitch; and, again, the concretes in these phrases may have upward or downward intonations: but fixed rules cannot be laid down for their use.

    The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886


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