Diatonic Di`a*ton"ic (d[imac]`[.a]*t[o^]n"[i^]k), 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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

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  • diatonic — diatónic adj. m.(sil. di a ), pl. diatónici; f. sg. diatónică, pl. diatónice Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DIATÓNI//C diatoniccă (diatonicci, diatonicce) muz. Care constă din tonuri şi semitonuri consecutive; format… …   Dicționar Român

  • diatonic — c.1600, from Fr. diatonique, from L. diatonicus, from Gk. diatonikos, from diatonos extending; pertaining to the diatonic scale, from dia (see DIA (Cf. dia )) + teinein to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • diatonic — англ. [дайэто/ник] diatonico ит. [диато/нико] diatonique фр. [диатони/к] diatonisch нем. [диато/ниш] диатонический …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • diatonic — ► ADJECTIVE Music ▪ involving only the notes of the major or minor scale, without chromatic alteration. ORIGIN Greek diatonikos at intervals of a tone …   English terms dictionary

  • diatonic — [dī΄ə tän′ik] adj. [Fr diatonique < LL diatonicus < Gr diatonikos, stretched through (the notes) < dia , through + teinein, to stretch: see TEND2] Music designating, of, or using a scale of eight tones that is either a MAJOR SCALE or a… …   English World dictionary

  • diatonic — diatonically, adv. /duy euh ton ik/, adj. Music. 1. noting those scales that contain five whole tones and two semitones, as the major, minor, and certain modal scales. 2. of or pertaining to the tones, intervals, or harmonies of such scales.… …   Universalium

  • diatonic — adjective Etymology: Late Latin diatonicus, from Greek diatonikos, from diatonos stretching, from diateinein to stretch out, from dia + teinein to stretch more at thin Date: 1694 of, relating to, or being a musical scale (as a major or minor… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • diatonic — adjective Within the boundaries of a musical scale, most commonly the Western major or minor tonalities that have octaves of seven notes in a particular configuration Ant: chromatic …   Wiktionary

  • diatònic — di|a|tò|nic Mot Pla Adjectiu variable …   Diccionari Català-Català

  • diatonic — di|a|ton|ic [ ,daıə tanık ] adjective TECHNICAL based on a major or minor musical SCALE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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