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Origin of intonation
OTHER WORDS FROM intonationin·to·na·tion·al, adjective
Words nearby intonation
Example sentences from the Web for intonation
When Odom, with his buttery intonation and supple phrasing, performs “A Change Is Gonna Come,” he’s not so much impersonating Cooke as channeling him.One Night in Miami Blends Fact and Fiction to Bring Civil Rights-Era Luminaries to Life|Stephanie Zacharek|January 15, 2021|Time
At a recent Zoom practice session, she offered comments on the wording of their speeches, the intonations, the gestures.‘I’m Going to Say It From the Heart.’ America’s Reckoning on Race Has Come to High School Speech and Debate|Brian Seto McGrath|December 25, 2020|Time
At intervening moments, the engaging Kwong announces in the intonations of a game show host, “It’s puzzle time!”With playhouses dark, interactive theater online is lighting things up|Peter Marks|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
Wheeler’s job was to re-record each snippet in his own voice, matching the exact rhythm and intonation.Inside the strange new world of being a deepfake actor|Karen Hao|October 9, 2020|MIT Technology Review
In addition to the intonation changes, Alexa will now take turns speaking like a conversation.Amazon’s Fall 2020 products announcements include a security camera drone that flies around your house|Stan Horaczek|September 24, 2020|Popular Science
Black English is also intonation, which is a powerful rhetorical tool.For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American|John McWhorter|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With nine tones, each sound pronounced in a different intonation changes its meaning.
Wardrobe, mannerisms, and intonation are fair game, and Chu certainly has his detractors there.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate|Keith Williams|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You can say it on the radio because you have the voice and the intonation, but that is totally different in print.
North Dormer took the Mountain for granted, and implied its disparagement by an intonation rather than by explicit criticism.Summer|Edith Wharton
But in all these instances it is the intonation of the word as such, not of the sentence, which is primarily concerned.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music|David Binning Monro
"I haven't eaten anything for twenty-four hours," he said, with a whistling intonation.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
As for Susanna's own accent, she comes from the heart of Aberdeenshire, and her intonation is beyond my power to reproduce.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland|Kate Douglas Wiggin
Dan had given to his last words a weird, mournful intonation whose effect was startling.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for intonation
- the correct or accurate pitching of intervals
- the capacity to play or sing in tuneSee also just intonation