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Related to diatonic: Diatonic semitone
Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.
[Late Latin diatonicus, from Greek diatonikos : dia-, dia- + tonos, tone; see tone.]
di′a·ton′i·cism (-ĭ-sĭz′əm) n.
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1. (Music, other) of, relating to, or based upon any scale of five tones and two semitones produced by playing the white keys of a keyboard instrument, esp the natural major or minor scales forming the basis of the key system in Western music. Compare chromatic2
2. (Music, other) not involving the sharpening or flattening of the notes of the major or minor scale nor the use of such notes as modified by accidentals
[C16: from Late Latin diatonicus, from Greek diatonikos, from diatonos extending, from diateinein to stretch out, from dia- + teinein to stretch]
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di•a•ton•ic(ˌdaɪ əˈtɒn ɪk)
of or pertaining to a major or minor musical scale containing five whole tones and two semitones or to music based on such a scale.
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|Adj.||1.||diatonic - based on the standard major or minor scales consisting of 5 tones and 2 semitones without modulation by accidentals|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
chromatic - based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones; "a chromatic scale"
|2.||diatonic - based on or using the five tones and two semitones of the major or minor scales of western music|
tonal - having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic
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