whole step


noun Music.

an interval of two semitones, as A-B or B-C♯; a major second.

Origin of whole step

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called whole·tone.
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Examples from the Web for whole step

  • If strictly logical terminology is to be insisted upon the whole-tone scale should be called the "whole-step" scale.

  • The interval between the two tones may therefore be either a half-step or a whole-step.

  • The expressions half-step and whole-step are much to be preferred to half-tone and whole-tone, as being more clear and definite.