from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or using only five tones, usually the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth tones of a diatonic scale.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, consisting of five tones; especially, pertaining to a pentatonic scale (which see, under scale).

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  • adjective music Based on five tones.

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  • adjective relating to a pentatonic scale


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  • "She stood there again now. For a tone memory like his, there was no difference between past and present. That's what was painful - he could never turn off the sound of loss. It was tragic, but it was also wonderfully sentimental; the day he died it would be just as bad as now, or worse.

    Above her tone he heard a pentatonic scale. Exotic, like drums from a tropical jungle, and also deep breathing, like a blacksmith's bellows in the Friland Museum in Århus."

    bosom - "He took the envelope from a large congratulations card from the dressing table, and on the back wrote with a lipstick what she had demanded. He handed the envelope to the woman.

    'In the movies,' he said, 'women put perfumed notes like that into their bosom. Could I help you do that?'"

    - 'The Quiet Girl', Peter Høeg.

    March 18, 2008

  • Another usage note on hexatonic.

    July 31, 2008