Diatonic scale
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 scale — di|a|ton|ic scale [ˌdaıətɔnık ˈskeıl US ta: ] n the diatonic scale a set of eight musical notes that uses a particular pattern of spaces between the notes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • diatonic scale — noun A seven note musical scale of five tones and two semitones …   Wiktionary

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  • major diatonic scale — n. (Mus.), The natural diatonic scale, which has semitones between the third and fourth, and seventh and eighth notes, and whole tones between the other notes; the scale of the major mode, of which the third is major; also called {major scale}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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