semitone

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sem·i·tone

 (sĕm′ē-tōn′, sĕm′ī-)
n. Music
An interval equal to a half tone in the standard diatonic scale. Also called half step, halftone.

sem′i·to′nal adj.
sem′i·to′nal·ly adv.
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semitone

(ˈsɛmɪˌtəʊn)
n
(Music, other) an interval corresponding to a frequency difference of 100 cents as measured in the system of equal temperament, and denoting the pitch difference between certain adjacent degrees of the diatonic scale (diatonic semitone) or between one note and its sharpened or flattened equivalent (chromatic semitone); minor second. Also called (US and Canadian): half step Compare whole tone
semitonic adj
ˌsemiˈtonally adv
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sem•i•tone

(ˈsɛm iˌtoʊn, ˈsɛm aɪ-)

n.
a musical pitch halfway between two whole tones.
[1600–10]
sem`i•ton′al, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.semitone - the musical interval between adjacent keys on a keyboard instrument
musical interval, interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
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Translations
نِصْف دَرَجَة في السُّلَّم الموسيقي
půltón
halvtone
félhang
hálftónn
pustonis
pustonis
poltón
yarım ton

semitone

[ˈsemɪtəʊn] Nsemitono m
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semitone

[ˈsɛmitəʊn] n (MUSIC)demi-ton m
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semitone

[ˈsɛmɪˌtəʊn] n (Mus) → semitono
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semitone

(ˈsemitəun) noun
half a tone in the musical scale. F sharp is a semitone above F natural.
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References in periodicals archive ?
For example, the interval of G to G-sharp was a minor or chromatic semitone, while G to A-flat was a major or diatonic semitone.
Galliard says that these really entail progressions either that rise by a chromatic semitone, or involve a "deceitful" interval (i.e., an intervallic dissonance such as a tritone or diminished third, or a "forbidden" melodic interval such as a major sixth), rising or falling.
He spends several chapters denigrating the linear staff system, pointing to the inconvenience of having to read all the different clefs and the confusing process of adding sharps and flats to pitches, which to him suggests unnecessary chromatic semitones. The new and practical equal temperament tuning is central to Werckmeister's argument here.