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enharmonic

[en-hahr-mon-ik]
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adjective Music.
  1. having the same pitch in the tempered scale but written in different notation, as G sharp and A flat.
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Origin of enharmonic

1590–1600; < Late Latin enharmonicus < Greek enarmónios (-icus replacing -ios), equivalent to en- en-1 + harmoní(a) harmony + -os adj. suffix
Related formsen·har·mon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for enharmonic

Historical Examples

  • In the enharmonic, the tetrachord consists of two tones and two "dieses."

    Ten Books on Architecture

    Vitruvius

  • The Enharmonic, according to Ptolemy, had ceased to be employed.

  • It consisted of an air with variations, crowded with enharmonic passages.

    The Violin

    George Dubourg

  • The enharmonic mode is an artistic conception, and therefore execution in it has a specially severe dignity and distinction.

  • There are three classes of modes: first, that which the Greeks term the enharmonic; second, the chromatic; third, the diatonic.


British Dictionary definitions for enharmonic

enharmonic

adjective music
  1. denoting or relating to a small difference in pitch between two notes such as A flat and G sharp: not present in instruments of equal temperament such as the piano, but significant in the intonation of stringed and wind instruments
  2. denoting or relating to enharmonic modulation
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Derived Formsenharmonically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enarmonios, from en- ² + harmonia; see harmony
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Word Origin and History for enharmonic

adj.

c.1600, from Late Latin enharmonicus, from Greek enharmonikos, from en (see en- (2)) + harmonikos (see harmonic).

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