Definition of Intonation

1. Noun. Rise and fall of the voice pitch.

Exact synonyms: Modulation, Pitch Contour
Generic synonyms: Inflection, Prosody
Specialized synonyms: Intonation Pattern, Drone, Droning, Monotone, Singsong
Derivative terms: Intonate, Intonate, Intone, Intone, Modulate



2. Noun. Singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong.
Generic synonyms: Singing, Vocalizing
Derivative terms: Intonate, Intone

3. Noun. The act of singing in a monotonous tone.
Exact synonyms: Chanting
Generic synonyms: Singing, Vocalizing
Specialized synonyms: Cantillation
Derivative terms: Chant, Intonate, Intone, Intone

4. Noun. The production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations.
Generic synonyms: Music
Specialized synonyms: Fixed Intonation
Derivative terms: Intonate, Intone

Definition of Intonation

1. n. A thundering; thunder.

2. n. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.

Definition of Intonation

1. Noun. (linguistics) The rise and fall of the voice in speaking. ¹

2. Noun. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale. ¹

3. Noun. Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise. ¹

4. Noun. 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. ¹

5. Noun. A thundering; thunder. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Intonation

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Intonation

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Literary usage of Intonation

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1. A History of English Sounds from the Earliest Period: With Full Word-lists by Henry Sweet (1888)
"So also is the loss or addition of A. intonation. 120. intonation was originally an instinctive means of emphasis, an energetic utterance of a vowel being ..."

2. German Orthography and Phonology: A Treatise with a Word-list by George Hempl (1897)
"Falling intonation may appear at a pause in a sentence if it is desired ... Falling intonation is often used at the ends of members of a series, ..."

3. The Philosophy of Music: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures by William Pole (1895)
"191). certain persons will not give way "We may assert that even the from their fired and stereotyped mathematically true intonation does ideas whether the ..."

4. Dissertation on Musical Taste by Thomas Hastings (1853)
"OF intonation. The term intonation has reference to musical scales, and signifies the act of playing or singing in tune. This property of style is no less ..."

5. On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann von Helmholtz (1912)
"463) if the indices were omitted, intonation, as in chord 19. ... In order, then, that the ear may learn what is the meaning of ' just intonation,' it is ..."

6. Sound and Music by John Augustine Zahm (1892)
"Remenyi tells me that when he is not accompanied by a keyed instrument, he instinctively plays 1n pure intonation, and that he feels the difference betweeen ..."

7. Elements of Physiology by Joh. Müller (1843)
"This kind of intonation can be produced either with the mouth open or with it closed, the nasal passage being in the latter case open. II. ..."

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