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passing note

noun

, Music.
  1. a note that is foreign to a harmony and is introduced between two successive chord tones in order to produce a melodic transition.


passing note

noun

  1. music a nonharmonic note through which a melody passes from one harmonic note to the next Compare auxiliary note


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Word History and Origins

Origin of passing note1

First recorded in 1720–30

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Example Sentences

Although private Zoom messaging—the virtual equivalent of passing notes in class—may allow for some degree of small talk, it occurs at the expense of learning rather than as a supplement to it.

This seems to bear out the common view of the Enharmonic as produced by the introduction of an 'accidental' or passing note.

Shakespeare's mention of the Strawberry and the Nettle (No. 2) deserves a passing note.

The Countess d'Agoult is worthy of much more than a passing note.

And in passing note the fact that he still got letters from his people after he came to Tombstone with a price on his head.

The passing note of a bird or the scent of a flower may be enough to upset a most admirably contrived plan.

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