just intonation


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just intonation

n. Music
A tuning system having intervals that are acoustically pure.

[just, harmonically pure.]
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just intonation

n
(Music, other) a form of tuning employing the pitch intervals of the untempered natural scale, sometimes employed in the playing of the violin, cello, etc
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I accepted the invitation with a worldly grin and a perfectly just intonation, because I really didn't care what I did.
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He never wavered from the view that Pythagorean tuning was the proper theoretical basis for music (he of course recognized that tempering of intervals was necessary in practice) even though he lived to see just intonation all but take its place.