Definition of Mediant

1. Noun. (music) the third note of a diatonic scale; midway between the tonic and the dominant.

Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone
Category relationships: Music



Definition of Mediant

1. n. The third above the keynote; -- so called because it divides the interval between the tonic and dominant into two thirds.

Definition of Mediant

1. Noun. (music) The third degree of the diatonic scale. ¹

2. Noun. (mathematics) A rational number whose numerator is the sum of the numerators of two other given rational numbers and whose denominator is the sum of the denominators of those same two other rational numbers. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Mediant

1. a type of musical tone [n -S]

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Literary usage of Mediant

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1. Harmony: A Course of Study by George Whitefield Chadwick (1922)
"THE mediant TRIAD. The triad of the mediant, the parallel minor of the dominant, is the least useful of the secondary harmonies of the scale. ..."

2. A Practical Introduction to Composition; Harmony Simplified by Francis L. York (1909)
"The mediant and Sub-mediant Chords. As there are three major chords in each key, ... The chord on the sixth degree is called the sub-mediant— sub meaning ..."

3. A Practical Introduction to Composition: Harmony Simplified by Francis L. York (1901)
"The mediant and Sub-mediant Chords. As there are three major chords in each key, ... The chord on the sixth degree is called the sub-mediant— sub meaning ..."

4. Exercises in Harmony: Simple and Advanced, Supplementary to the Treatise on by Benjamin Cutter (1899)
"MODULATION BY MEANS OF A mediant CHORD. To keys, more or less remote ; modulating dominant made acces sible by the use of the upper or lower mediant of the ..."

5. The London Encyclopaedia, Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art by Thomas Tegg (1829)
"The mode of each of these accessory keys is determined by its mediant ... For instance, issuing from the major mode of ut to modulate upon its mediant, ..."

6. The Musiclover's Handbook: A Pronouncing Dictionary of Musical Terms by John Herbert Clifford (1911)
"Sub-mediant, te, half-way to sub-dominant. 5. Sub-dominant. Sub-octave. A coupler on the organ that pulls down the keys an octave below those struck. ..."

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