- a tone on the eighth degree from a given tone.
- the interval encompassed by such tones.
- the harmonic combination of such tones.
- a series of tones, or of keys of an instrument, extending through this interval.
- a group of eight lines of verse, especially the first eight lines of a sonnet in the Italian form.Compare sestet (def. 1).
- a stanza of eight lines.
- the eighth day from a feast day, counting the feast day as the first.
- the period of eight days beginning with a feast day.
Origin of octave
OTHER WORDS FROM octaveoc·ta·val [ok-tey-vuhl, ok-tuh-], /ɒkˈteɪ vəl, ˈɒk tə-/, adjective
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How to use octave in a sentence
His three-octave falsetto was also used to good advantage in Mars Attacks!
I played up one octave, and then I wished to go on by placing my first finger on F sharp.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
An octave coupler without such extension is incomplete and is no more honest than a stop which only goes down to Tenor C.
Not only did he provide sub-octave and super-octave couplers freely, but he even added a Swell Sub-quint to Great coupler!
Closing the holes again and blowing harder, we get the scale an octave higher.
If two notes at an interval of a fifth are held down, a note one octave below the lower one will be heard.
British Dictionary definitions for octave
- the interval between two musical notes one of which has twice the pitch of the other and lies eight notes away from it counting inclusively along the diatonic scale
- one of these two notes, esp the one of higher pitch
- (as modifier)an octave leap See also perfect (def. 9), diminished (def. 2), interval (def. 5)
- a feast day and the seven days following
- the final day of this period
Word Origin for octave
Cultural definitions for octave
An interval between musical notes in which the higher note is six whole tones, or twelve half tones, above the lower. From the standpoint of physics, the higher note has twice the frequency of the lower. Notes that are an octave apart, or a whole number of octaves apart, sound in some ways like the same note and have the same letter for their names.