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INTONATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intonation mean? 

INTONATION (noun)
  The noun INTONATION has 4 senses:

1. rise and fall of the voice pitch
2. singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong
3. the act of singing in a monotonous tone
4. the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations

  Familiarity information: INTONATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTONATION (noun)


Sense 1intonation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Rise and fall of the voice pitch

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

intonation; pitch contour; modulation

Hypernyms ("intonation" is a kind of...):

inflection; prosody (the patterns of stress and intonation in a language)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intonation"):

intonation pattern (intonations characteristic of questions and requests and statements)

drone; droning; monotone (an unchanging intonation)

singsong (a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation)


Sense 2intonation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("intonation" is a kind of...):

singing; vocalizing (the act of singing vocal music)


Sense 3intonation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of singing in a monotonous tone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

chanting; intonation

Hypernyms ("intonation" is a kind of...):

singing; vocalizing (the act of singing vocal music)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intonation"):

cantillation (liturgical chanting)


Sense 4intonation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("intonation" is a kind of...):

music (musical activity (singing or whistling etc.))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intonation"):

fixed intonation (the intonation of keyboard instruments where the pitch of each note is fixed and cannot be varied by the performer)


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