from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music The seventh tone or degree of a scale that is a half tone below the tonic; a subtonic.
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- n. scale degree seven when the first scale degree is one half step higher than the seventh scale degree
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- n. (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale
From its tendency to lead into or rise to the tonic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)