- quarter tone
- a unit used in music to describe the ratio in frequency between notes. The quarter tone, equal to 1/24 octave, is the basic interval in a 24-tone scale. Two notes differ by a quarter tone if the ratio in their frequencies is 21/24 = 1.0293.
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quarter tone — or quarter step n. Music an interval of one half of a semitone … English World dictionary
quarter tone — ► NOUN Music ▪ half a semitone … English terms dictionary
Quarter tone — A quarter tone audio|Quarter tone on C.mid|play is an interval about half as wide (aurally, or logarithmically) as a semitone, which is half a whole tone.Many composers are known for having written music including quarter tones or the quarter… … Wikipedia
quarter-tone — noun half of a semitone • Syn: ↑quarter tone • Hypernyms: ↑interval, ↑musical interval * * * ˈquarter tone 7 [quarter tone quarter tones] … Useful english dictionary
quarter tone — noun half of a semitone • Syn: ↑quarter tone • Hypernyms: ↑interval, ↑musical interval * * * noun 1. or quarter step … Useful english dictionary
quarter tone — noun Date: circa 1776 1. a musical interval of one half a semitone 2. a tone at an interval of one quarter … New Collegiate Dictionary
quarter tone — quar′ter tone n. mad a musical interval equal to half a semitone … From formal English to slang
quarter tone — Music. an interval equivalent to half of a semitone. [1770 80] * * * … Universalium
quarter tone — noun Music half a semitone … English new terms dictionary
quarter tone — /ˈkwɔtə toʊn/ (say kwawtuh tohn) noun an interval equivalent to half a semitone … Australian English dictionary