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meantone system

[meen-tohn]
noun Music.
  1. a system for tuning keyboard instruments, used before the development of tuning by equal temperament and considered practical only for tonalities of not more than two sharps or flats.
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Origin of meantone system

First recorded in 1790–1800; mean3 + tone
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