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Intonation definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INTONA'TION, n. In music, the action of sounding the notes of the scale with the voice, or any other given order of musical tones.
1. The manner of sounding or tuning the notes of a musical scale.
2. In speaking, the modulation of the voice in expression.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: rise and fall of the voice pitch [syn: intonation, modulation, pitch contour]
2: singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong
3: the act of singing in a monotonous tone [syn: intonation, chanting]
4: the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1620 1. something that is intoned; specifically the opening tones of a Gregorian chant 2. the act of intoning and especially of chanting 3. the ability to play or sing notes in tune 4. manner of utterance; specifically the rise and fall in pitch of the voice in speech intonational adjective

Britannica Concise

In phonetics, the melodic pattern of an utterance. Intonation is primarily a matter of variation in the pitch level of the voice (see tone), but in languages such as English, stress and rhythm are also involved. Intonation conveys differences of expressive meaning (e.g., surprise, doubtfulness). In many languages, incl. English, intonation serves a grammatical function, distinguishing one type of phrase or sentence from another. Thus, "it's gone" is an assertion when spoken with a drop in pitch at the end, but a question when spoken with a rise in pitch at the end.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 modulation of the voice; accent. 2 the act of intoning. 3 accuracy of pitch in playing or singing (has good intonation). 4 the opening phrase of a plainsong melody. Derivatives: intonational adj. Etymology: med.L intonatio (as INTONE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Intonation In`to*na"tion, n. [See 1st Intonate.] A thundering; thunder. [Obs.] --Bailey.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Intonation In`to*na"tion, n. [Cf. F. intonation. See Intone.] (Mus.) (a) The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale. (b) Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her intonation was false. (c) Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating, or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest. See Intone, v. t.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(intonations) Your intonation is the way that your voice rises and falls as you speak. His voice had a very slight German intonation. N-VAR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Tone, cadence, modulation of voice.

Moby Thesaurus

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