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whole-tone scale

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/ ˈhoʊlˌtoʊn /
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noun Music.
a scale progressing entirely by whole tones, as C, D, E, F♯, G♯, A♯, C.
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whole-tone scale

noun
either of two scales produced by commencing on one of any two notes a chromatic semitone apart and proceeding upwards or downwards in whole tones for an octave. Such a scale, consisting of six degrees to the octave, is used by Debussy and subsequent composers
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