microtone

[ mahy-kruh-tohn ]
/ ˈmaɪ krəˌtoʊn /

noun

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

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Origin of microtone

First recorded in 1915–20; micro- + tone

OTHER WORDS FROM microtone

mi·cro·ton·al, adjectivemi·cro·to·nal·i·ty, nounmi·cro·ton·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for microtone

microtone
/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌtəʊn) /

noun

any musical interval smaller than a semitone

Derived forms of microtone

microtonal, adjectivemicrotonality, nounmicrotonally, adverb
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