whole-tone scale

[ hohl-tohn ]
/ ˈhoʊlˌtoʊn /

noun Music.

a scale progressing entirely by whole tones, as C, D, E, F♯, G♯, A♯, C.

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British Dictionary definitions for whole-tone scale

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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