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whole step

noun

Simple Definition of whole step

  • music : a difference in pitch that is equal to 1/6 of an octave

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of whole step

  1. :  a musical interval (as C–D or C–B) comprising two half steps —called also whole tone

Circa 1899

First Known Use of whole step

circa 1899


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