microtone

[mahy-kruh-tohn]

noun

any musical interval smaller than a semitone, specifically, a quarter tone.

Nearby words

  1. microthin,
  2. microtia,
  3. microtome,
  4. microtomic,
  5. microtomy,
  6. microtopography,
  7. microtremor,
  8. microtubule,
  9. microvasculature,
  10. microvillus

Origin of microtone

First recorded in 1915–20; micro- + tone

Related formsmi·cro·ton·al, adjectivemi·cro·to·nal·i·ty, nounmi·cro·ton·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for microtonality

microtone

noun

any musical interval smaller than a semitone
Derived Formsmicrotonal, adjectivemicrotonality, nounmicrotonally, adverb

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