See under interval(def 6).
Words nearby melodic interval
Definition for melodic interval (2 of 2)
[ in-ter-vuhl ]
/ ˈɪn tər vəl /
an intervening period of time: an interval of 50 years.
a period of temporary cessation; pause: intervals between the volleys of gunfire.
a space between things, points, limits, etc.; interspace: an interval of ten feet between posts.
- the totality of points on a line between two designated points or endpoints that may or may not be included.
- any generalization of this to higher dimensions, as a rectangle with sides parallel to the coordinate axes.
the space between soldiers or units in military formation.
Music. the difference in pitch between two tones, as between two tones sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or between two tones sounded successively (melodic interval).
Chiefly New England. intervale.
Cards. a period in a game for placing bets.
British. an intermission, as between the acts of a play.
Origin of interval
OTHER WORDS FROM intervalin·ter·val·ic, in·ter·val·lic [in-ter-val-ik] /ˌɪn tərˈvæl ɪk/, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intervalinterval period
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British Dictionary definitions for melodic interval
/ (ˈɪntəvəl) /
the period of time marked off by or between two events, instants, etc
the distance between two points, objects, etc
a pause or interlude, as between periods of intense activity
British a short period between parts of a play, concert, film, etc; intermission
music the difference of pitch between two notes, either sounded simultaneously (harmonic interval) or in succession as in a musical part (melodic interval). An interval is calculated by counting the (inclusive) number of notes of the diatonic scale between the two notesthe interval between C and G is a fifth
the ratio of the frequencies of two sounds
maths the set containing all real numbers or points between two given numbers or points, called the endpoints. A closed interval includes the endpoints, but an open interval does not
- occasionally or intermittently
- with spaces between
Derived forms of intervalintervallic (ˌɪntəˈvælɪk), adjective
Word Origin for interval
C13: from Latin intervallum, literally: space between two palisades, from inter- + vallum palisade, rampart
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Medicine definitions for melodic interval
[ ĭn′tər-vəl ]
A space between two objects, points, or units.
The amount of time between two specified instants, events, or states.
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