Definition of Subtonic

1. Noun. (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale.

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



Definition of Subtonic

1. a. Applied to, or distinguishing, a speech element consisting of tone, or proper vocal sound, not pure as in the vowels, but dimmed and otherwise modified by some kind of obstruction in the oral or the nasal passage, and in some cases with a mixture of breath sound; -- a term introduced by Dr. James Rush in 1833. See Guide to Pronunciation, §§155, 199-202.

2. n. A subtonic sound or element; a vocal consonant, as b, d, g, n, etc.; a subvocal.

Definition of Subtonic

1. Adjective. (context: phonetics dated) Of or pertaining to imperfectly articulated sounds or utterances that are inaudible or barely audible, as characterized by Dr. James Rush (''Guide to Pronunciation'', 1833). ¹

2. Noun. (music) The note immediately below the upper note of a musical scale. ¹

3. Noun. (context: phonetics dated) An imperfectly articulated sound or utterance, as characterized by Dr. James Rush (''Guide to Pronunciation'', 1833). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Subtonic

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

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subtonic

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Literary usage of Subtonic

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1. Music Composition: A New Method of Harmony by Carl Edward Gardner (1918)
"THE subtonic CHORD. The subtonic chord is a very common chord and a useful one. The triad differs in formation from the preceding six triads. ..."

2. Cumulative Harmony by William Johnston McCoy (1916)
"154 ft e & With C as the initial key, we select the subtonic B for the new Dominant, ... As the signature of e is one sharp, the subtonic in that key is D, ..."

3. Orthophony; Or, The Cultivation of the Voice, in Elocution: A Manual of by James Edward Murdoch, James Rush, George James Webb (1847)
"subtonic " ELEMENTS. These elements are so denominated by Dr. Rush " from ... The first six of the " subtonic" elements, /, m, n, r (hard,) r (soft,) and ng ..."

4. Orthophony: Or, Vocal Culture. A Manual of Elementary Exercises for the by William Russell, James Edward Murdoch, James Rush (1882)
"... hew due useful stupid institution lure fume few sue humor stewing revolution II. " subtonic " Elements. 1. L, as in Ln-ll. loll lie lad all weal dull ..."

5. Orthophony: Or, Vocal Culture. A Manual of Elementary Exercises for the by William Russell, James Edward Murdoch, James Rush (1882)
"subtonic " ELEMENTS. These elements are so denominated by Dr. Rush " from their inferiority to the ' tonics,' in all the emphatic and elegant purposes of ..."

6. Orthophony; Or, The Cultivation of the Voice in Elocution by William Russell, James Edward Murdoch, George James Webb (1871)
"subtonic" Elements. 1. L, as in Lu-ll. Loll Lie Lad All Weal Dull 2. M, as in M-ai-m. Tha common error in the enunciation of this element, ..."

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