chromatic scale

  1. a scale progressing entirely by semitones.

Origin of chromatic scale

First recorded in 1780–90

Words Nearby chromatic scale Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use chromatic scale in a sentence

  • All this fine chromatic scale passes within such modest boundaries that it is accused as a monotony.

    The Rhythm of Life | Alice Meynell
  • It resembles closely an Erda theme of the Ring—as is quite natural, for one chromatic scale cannot but resemble another.

    Richard Wagner | John F. Runciman
  • He was therefore forced to go down the chromatic scale of creation and find another class of clients.

  • "Tristan und Isolde" and "Parsifal" are constructed upon a chromatic scale.

    Musical Portraits | Paul Rosenfeld
  • The music of Japan, though built on the chromatic scale, was much the same as that of China.

    Woman's Work in Music | Arthur Elson

British Dictionary definitions for chromatic scale

chromatic scale

  1. a twelve-note scale including all the semitones of the octave

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