Subtonic Sub*ton"ic, a. (Phonetics) Applied to, or distinguishing, a speech element consisting of tone, or proper vocal sound, not pure as in the vowels, but dimmed and otherwise modified by some kind of obstruction in the oral or the nasal passage, and in some cases with a mixture of breath sound; -- a term introduced by Dr. James Rush in 1833. See Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect]155, 199-202. [1913 Webster]

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  • Subtonic — Sub*ton ic, n. 1. (Phonetics) A subtonic sound or element; a vocal consonant, as b, d, g, n, etc.; a subvocal. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) The seventh tone of the scale, or that immediately below the tonic; called also {subsemitone}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subtonic — [sub tän′ik] n. Music the seventh tone of a diatonic scale; tone next below the upper tonic …   English World dictionary

  • Subtonic — ] In music, the subtonic is the lowered seventh degree of the scale, as opposed to the leading tone (vii). For example, in the A minor scale (white keys on a piano, starting on A), the subtonic is the note G (in C major this would be… …   Wikipedia

  • subtonic — noun Etymology: from its being a half tone below the upper tonic Date: circa 1854 leading tone …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • subtonic — /sub ton ik/, n. the seventh tone of a scale, being the next below the upper tonic. [1825 35; SUB + TONIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • subtonic — 1. adjective Of or pertaining to imperfectly articulated sounds or utterances that are inaudible or barely audible, as characterized by Dr. James Rush (Guide to Pronunciation, 1833). 2. noun a) The note immediately below the upper note of a …   Wiktionary

  • subtonic — n. (Music) 7th tone of a diatonic scale …   English contemporary dictionary

  • subtonic — noun Music the note below the tonic, the seventh note of the diatonic scale of any key …   English new terms dictionary

  • subtonic — sub·tonic …   English syllables

  • subtonic — sub•ton•ic [[t]sʌbˈtɒn ɪk[/t]] n. mad the seventh tone of a scale, being the next below the upper tonic • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

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