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equal temperament

noun, Music.
1.
the division of an octave into 12 equal semitones, as in the tuning of a piano.
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  • A few words, however, must be said on the subject of equal temperament.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • The training of our singers by pianos, as they are now tuned, by equal temperament, is altogether unsatisfactory.

    The Voice in Singing Emma Seiler
  • It is evident, therefore, that all major thirds must be tuned somewhat sharper than perfect in a system of equal temperament.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • I am reminded of the equal temperament which was once applied to the postmen's jackets.

  • The author is one of the harmonikoi or Aristoxeneans, who adopt the method of equal temperament.

    The Modes of Ancient Greek Music David Binning Monro
  • In this art he introduced a great reform, that of tuning on a basis of equal temperament.

    Sebastian Bach Reginald Lane Poole

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