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minor mode

noun, Music.
a scale or key in which the third degree is a minor third above the tonic.
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1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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minor mode

(music) any arrangement of notes present in or characteristic of a minor scale or key
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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