Equal temperament
Equal E"qual, a. [L. aequalis, fr. aequus even, equal; akin to Skr. ?ka, and perh. to L. unus for older oinos one, E. one.] 1. Agreeing in quantity, size, quality, degree, value, etc.; having the same magnitude, the same value, the same degree, etc.; -- applied to number, degree, quantity, and intensity, and to any subject which admits of them; neither inferior nor superior, greater nor less, better nor worse; corresponding; alike; as, equal quantities of land, water, etc.; houses of equal size; persons of equal stature or talents; commodities of equal value. [1913 Webster]

2. Bearing a suitable relation; of just proportion; having competent power, abilities, or means; adequate; as, he is not equal to the task. [1913 Webster]

The Scots trusted not their own numbers as equal to fight with the English. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

It is not permitted to me to make my commendations equal to your merit. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Whose voice an equal messenger Conveyed thy meaning mild. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

3. Not variable; equable; uniform; even; as, an equal movement. ``An equal temper.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Evenly balanced; not unduly inclining to either side; characterized by fairness; unbiased; impartial; equitable; just. [1913 Webster]

Are not my ways equal? --Ezek. xviii. 29. [1913 Webster]

Thee, O Jove, no equal judge I deem. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Nor think it equal to answer deliberate reason with sudden heat and noise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. Of the same interest or concern; indifferent. [1913 Webster]

They who are not disposed to receive them may let them alone or reject them; it is equal to me. --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) Intended for voices of one kind only, either all male or all female; -- opposed to {mixed}. [R.] [1913 Webster]

7. (Math.) Exactly agreeing with respect to quantity. [1913 Webster]

{Equal temperament}. (Mus.) See {Temperament}.

Syn: Even; equable; uniform; adequate; proportionate; commensurate; fair; just; equitable. [1913 Webster]


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  • 19 equal temperament — In music, 19 equal temperament, called 19 TET, 19 EDO, or 19 ET, is the tempered scale derived by dividing the octave into 19 equally large steps. Each step represents a frequency ratio of 21/19, or 63.16 cents. Because 19 is a prime number, one… …   Wikipedia

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  • 72 equal temperament — In music, 72 equal temperament, called twelfth tone, 72 tet, 72 edo, or 72 et, is the tempered scale derived by dividing the octave into twelfth tones, or in other words 72 equally large steps. Each step represents a frequency ratio of 21/72, or… …   Wikipedia

  • 22 equal temperament — In music, 22 equal temperament, called 22 tet, 22 edo, or 22 et, is the tempered scale derived by dividing the octave into 22 equally large steps. Each step represents a frequency ratio of 21/22, or 54.55 cents.The idea of dividing the octave… …   Wikipedia

  • 34 equal temperament — In musical theory, 34 equal temperament, also referred to as 34 tet, 34 edo or 34 et, is the tempered tuning derived by dividing the octave into 34 equal sized steps. Each step represents a frequency ratio of 21/34, or 35.29 cents.Unlike… …   Wikipedia

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