tone deafness
noun see tone-deaf

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Tone deafness — is the lack of relative pitch, or the inability to distinguish between musical notes that is not due to the lack of musical training or education. Tone deafness is also known variously as amusia, tune deafness, tin ear , dysmelodia and dysmusia.… …   Wikipedia

  • tone-deafness — toneˈ deafˈness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone deafness — noun an inability to distinguish differences in pitch • Syn: ↑tin ear • Hypernyms: ↑deafness, ↑hearing loss …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone deafness — sensory amusia …   Medical dictionary

  • tone-deaf — tōn .def adj relatively insensitive to differences in musical pitch tone deafness n …   Medical dictionary

  • tone-deaf — [tōn′def΄] adj. not able to distinguish accurately differences in musical pitch tone deafness n …   English World dictionary

  • tone-deaf — tone deafness. /tohn def /, adj. unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical sounds when producing or hearing them. [1890 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • tone-deaf — adjective unable to appreciate music • Similar to: ↑deaf * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective : relatively insensitive to differences in the pitch of musical tones * * * tone deafness. /tohn def /, adj. unable to distinguish differences in pitch in musical …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone — n. & v. n. 1 a musical or vocal sound, esp. with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. 2 (often in pl.) modulation of the voice expressing a particular feeling or mood (a cheerful tone; suspicious tones). 3 a manner of expression in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tone — 1. noun /təʊn,toʊn/ a) A specific pitch. b) (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second. See Also: atonal, tonal, diatonic …   Wiktionary

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