Related formssem·i·ton·ic [sem-ee-ton-ik, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈtɒn ɪk, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, sem·i·ton·al [sem-ee-tohn-l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈtoʊn l, ˌsɛm aɪ-/, adjectivesem·i·ton·al·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for semitone
The Lydian mode is identical with our major scale except for the semitone between the 4th and 5th degrees.Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding
Paganini again directs the violin to be tuned a semitone higher, writing the solo part in D, and the accompaniment in E flat.Nicolo Paganini: His Life and Work|Stephen Samuel Stratton
They had a bell on each leg, and there was a difference of a semitone between the two bells.Life of Edward the Black Prince|Louise Creighton
Here the music, passing up the chord with each note preceded by the semitone above, sounds like a series of broken sighs.Musical Criticisms|Arthur Johnstone
Thus, the passage just cited, put a semitone lower, becomes a perfectly diatonic modulation from C to E flat.