leading tone
noun Date: circa 1889 the seventh tone of a major or minor scale — called also leading note

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Leading-tone — In music theory, a leading tone (called the leading note outside the US) is a note or pitch which resolves or leads to a note one semitone higher or lower, being a lower and upper leading tone, respectively.Generally, the leading tone is the… …   Wikipedia

  • leading tone — Sensible Sen si*ble, a. [F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus sense.] 1. Capable of being perceived by the senses; apprehensible through the bodily organs; hence, also, perceptible to the mind; making an impression upon the sense, reason, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leading tone — lead′ing tone′ [[t]ˈli dɪŋ[/t]] n. mad the seventh tone of an ascending diatonic scale • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • leading tone — noun (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale • Syn: ↑subtonic • Topics: ↑music • Hypernyms: ↑note, ↑musical note, ↑tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • leading tone — /lee ding/, Music. the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic. Also called leading note. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • leading tone — noun Music North American term for subtonic …   English new terms dictionary

  • leading-tone seventh — noun or leading seventh ˈlē : a musical seventh chord composed of the seventh, second, fourth, and sixth notes or tones of the major scale compare triad; see seventh chord illustration …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tone cluster — Example of piano tone clusters. The clusters in the upper staff C♯ D♯ F♯ G♯ are four successive black keys …   Wikipedia

  • leading — 1. adj. & n. adj. chief; most important. n. guidance, leadership. Phrases and idioms: leading aircraftman the rank above aircraftman in the RAF. leading article a newspaper article giving the editorial opinion. leading counsel the senior… …   Useful english dictionary

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