quarter tone


noun Music.

an interval equivalent to half of a semitone.

Nearby words

  1. quarter point,
  2. quarter rest,
  3. quarter round,
  4. quarter section,
  5. quarter sessions,
  6. quarter-bound,
  7. quarter-breed,
  8. quarter-hoop,
  9. quarter-hour,
  10. quarter-miler

Origin of quarter tone

First recorded in 1770–80

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British Dictionary definitions for quarter tone

quarter tone

noun

music a quarter of a whole tone; a pitch interval corresponding to 50 cents measured on the well-tempered scale
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