Definition of Musical scale

1. Noun. (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave).

Exact synonyms: Scale
Generic synonyms: Musical Notation
Specialized synonyms: Gamut, Diatonic Scale, Chromatic Scale, Gapped Scale
Member holonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone
Category relationships: Music
Derivative terms: Scalar, Scalic

Definition of Musical scale

1. Noun. A set of musical notes, typically ordered in pitch. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Musical Scale

musical intervals
musical mode
musical murmur
musical notation
musical note
musical octave
musical organisation
musical organization
musical perception
musical performance
musical phrase
musical rhythm
musical saw
musical saws
musical scale (current term)
musical scales
musical score
musical soiree
musical style
musical theater
musical theme
musical time
musical time signature

Literary usage of Musical scale

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Collected Papers on Acoustics by Wallace Clement Sabine (1922)
"The musical scale, identical with the modern musical scale in all essentials, ... In seeking an explanation of this early invention of the musical scale, ..."

2. Report of the Annual Meeting (1877)
"In contrast with this harmonic series of sounds, which is simple, arithmetical, and perfectly regular, we have the series of the musical scale, ..."

3. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1880)
"But does this prove that the musical scale — our modern diatonic scale — is not founded in natural laws of sound ? What is the beautiful law of " overtones ..."

4. A Text-book of Physics by William Watson (1911)
"CHAPTER III PITCH—musical scale 289. Quality of Sounds.—Sounds which affect our ear are divided into two classes. One of these consists of short sounds ..."

5. The Philosophy of Music: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures by William Pole (1895)
"... musical scale.1 WE may now proceed to tbe main question, On u'hat principles is the selection of sounds made, to form an allowable musical scale 1 We ..."

6. The Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, Founded Upon Their History by William Whewell (1847)
"The musical scale. 3. THE establishment of the Harmonic Canon, that is, of a Scale and Measure of the musical place of notes, in the relation of high, ..."

7. A Text-book of Physics by John Henry Poynting, Joseph John Thomson (1906)
"... Flames—Alteration of Pitch with Motion of Source or Observer—musical scale and Temperament. General Principle of Methods of Determination. ..."

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