Ionian mode
Ionic I*on"ic, a. [L. Ionicus, Gr. ?, fr. ? Ionia.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to Ionia or the Ionians. [1913 Webster]

2. (Arch.) Pertaining to the Ionic order of architecture, one of the three orders invented by the Greeks, and one of the five recognized by the Italian writers of the sixteenth century. Its distinguishing feature is a capital with spiral volutes. See Illust. of {Capital}. [1913 Webster]

{Ionic dialect} (Gr. Gram.), a dialect of the Greek language, used in Ionia. The Homeric poems are written in what is designated old Ionic, as distinguished from new Ionic, or Attic, the dialect of all cultivated Greeks in the period of Athenian prosperity and glory.

{Ionic foot}. (Pros.) See {Ionic}, n., 1.

{Ionic mode}, or {Ionian mode}, (Mus.), an ancient mode, supposed to correspond with the modern major scale of C.

{Ionic sect}, a sect of philosophers founded by Thales of Miletus, in Ionia. Their distinguishing tenet was, that water is the original principle of all things.

{Ionic type}, a kind of heavy-faced type (as that of the following line). [1913 Webster]

Note: This is Nonpareil Ionic.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Ionian mode — The Ionian mode is a musical mode of diatonic scale. It was part of the music theory of ancient Greece, and was based around the relative natural scale in C (that is, the same as playing all the white notes of a piano from C to C). This simple… …   Wikipedia

  • ionian mode — noun Usage: usually capitalized I 1. : the Greek hypophrygian mode 2. : an authentic ecclesiastical mode consisting of a pentachord and an upper conjunct tetrachord represented on the white keys of the piano by an ascending diatonic scale from C… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ionian mode — Music. an authentic church mode represented on the white keys of a keyboard instrument by an ascending scale from C to C. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • Ionian mode — noun Music the mode represented by the natural diatonic scale C–C (the major scale) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Ionian mode — /aɪˈoʊniən moʊd/ (say uy ohneeuhn mohd) noun a musical scale, represented by the white keys of a keyboard instrument, beginning on C …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ionian — of Ionia, the districts of ancient Greece inhabited by the Ionians (including Attica and the north coast of the Peloponnesus, but especially the coastal strip of Asia Minor, including the islands of Samos and Chios). The name (which Herodotus… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ionian — 1. adjective a) Relating to the Hellenic people of that name. b) Ionic, of Ionia, the ancient (ca 1100 BC) region including western Asia Minor and the adjacent Aegean Islands occupied by the Ionian people. See Also …   Wiktionary

  • Ionian — n. & adj. n. a native or inhabitant of ancient Ionia in W. Asia Minor. adj. of or relating to Ionia or the Ionians. Phrases and idioms: Ionian mode Mus. the mode represented by the natural diatonic scale C C. Etymology: L Ionius f. Gk Ionios …   Useful english dictionary

  • mode — mode1 /mohd/, n. 1. a manner of acting or doing; method; way: modern modes of transportation. 2. a particular type or form of something: Heat is a mode of motion. 3. a designated condition or status, as for performing a task or responding to a… …   Universalium

  • Musical mode — This article is about modes as used in music. For other uses, see Mode (disambiguation). Modern Dorian mode on C  Play …   Wikipedia

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