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The seventh tone or degree of a scale that is a half tone below the tonic; a subtonic.
[From its tendency to lead into or rise to the tonic.]
lead′ing tone′(ˈli dɪŋ)
the seventh tone of an ascending diatonic scale.
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|Noun||1.||leading tone - (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale|
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner