whole tone

US and Canadian whole step


noun

an interval of two semitones; a frequency difference of 200 cents in the system of equal temperamentOften shortened to: tone

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Cultural definitions for whole tone

whole tone

An interval between musical notes. Do and re are a whole tone apart, as are re and mi, fa and sol, sol and la, and la and ti.

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