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diatonic scale definition


Define the meaning of the English word diatonic scale below. Diatonic scale is a noun. Also define these 6 related words and terms: music, note, musical scale, tone, semitone, and chromatic scale.



diatonic scale (plural diatonic scales)

  1. (music) A seven-note musical scale of five tones and two semitones.
    Coordinate term: chromatic scale
    • Note definition
      A symbol or annotation.
      1. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
      2. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
      3. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
      (1 of 23 note definitions)