adjective Music involving only notes proper to the prevailing key without chromatic alteration.
C17: from Fr. diatonique, or via late L. from Gk diatonikos 'at intervals of a tone'.

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  • Diatonic — Di a*ton ic (d[imac] [.a]*t[o^]n [i^]k), a. [L. diatonicus, diatonus, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? to stretch out; dia through + ? to stretch: cf. F. diatonique. See {Tone}.] (Mus.) Pertaining to the scale of eight tones, the eighth of which is the octave of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diatonic — diatónic adj. m.(sil. di a ), pl. diatónici; f. sg. diatónică, pl. diatónice Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  DIATÓNI//C diatoniccă (diatonicci, diatonicce) muz. Care constă din tonuri şi semitonuri consecutive; format… …   Dicționar Român

  • diatonic — c.1600, from Fr. diatonique, from L. diatonicus, from Gk. diatonikos, from diatonos extending; pertaining to the diatonic scale, from dia (see DIA (Cf. dia )) + teinein to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • diatonic — англ. [дайэто/ник] diatonico ит. [диато/нико] diatonique фр. [диатони/к] diatonisch нем. [диато/ниш] диатонический …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • diatonic — ► ADJECTIVE Music ▪ involving only the notes of the major or minor scale, without chromatic alteration. ORIGIN Greek diatonikos at intervals of a tone …   English terms dictionary

  • diatonic — [dī΄ə tän′ik] adj. [Fr diatonique < LL diatonicus < Gr diatonikos, stretched through (the notes) < dia , through + teinein, to stretch: see TEND2] Music designating, of, or using a scale of eight tones that is either a MAJOR SCALE or a… …   English World dictionary

  • diatonic — diatonically, adv. /duy euh ton ik/, adj. Music. 1. noting those scales that contain five whole tones and two semitones, as the major, minor, and certain modal scales. 2. of or pertaining to the tones, intervals, or harmonies of such scales.… …   Universalium

  • Diatonic scale — Qualities Number of pitch classes 7 Maximal evenness Well formed generated collection Myhill s property Deep scale property Cardinality equals variety Struc …   Wikipedia

  • Diatonic button accordion — Classification Free reed aerophone …   Wikipedia

  • Diatonic set theory — is a subdivision or application of musical set theory which applies the techniques and insights of discrete mathematics to properties of the diatonic collection such as maximal evenness, Myhill s property, well formedness, the deep scale property …   Wikipedia

  • Diatonic harmonica — refers to various kinds of single key harmonica: Tremolo harmonica. In Asia, diatonic usually refer to this type …   Wikipedia

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