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a. [L. diatonicus, diatonus, Gr. &?;,
&?;, fr. &?; to stretch out; dia` through + &?; to
stretch: cf. F. diatonique. See Tone.] (Mus.)
Pertaining to the scale of eight tones, the eighth of which is
the octave of the first.
Diatonic scale (Mus.), a scale
consisting of eight sounds with seven intervals, of which two are
semitones and five are whole tones; a modern major or minor scale, as
distinguished from the chromatic scale.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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