EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective . Music having the same pitch in the tempered scale but written in different notation, as G sharp and A flat. Origin of enharmonic 1590–1600;
Late Latin enharmonicus
), equivalent to
en- en- 1
Related forms en·har·mon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for enharmonic Historical Examples of enharmonic
enharmonic, the tetrachord consists of two tones and two "dieses."
Enharmonic, according to Ptolemy, had ceased to be employed.
It consisted of an air with variations, crowded with
There are three classes of modes: first, that which the Greeks term the
enharmonic; second, the chromatic; third, the diatonic.
enharmonic mode is an artistic conception, and therefore execution in it has a specially severe dignity and distinction. British Dictionary definitions for enharmonic adjective music 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 denoting or relating to enharmonic modulation Derived Forms enharmonically, adverb Word Origin for enharmonic
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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