AskDefine | Define intonation

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

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  1. A thundering; thunder.
  2. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
  3. Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her intonation was false.
  4. 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.


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Extensive Definition

Intonation may refer to:
intonation in German: Intonation
intonation in French: Intonation
intonation in Italian: Intonazione
intonation in Dutch: Intonatie
intonation in Swedish: Intonation
intonation in Hebrew: אינטונציה

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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