absolute pitch

noun

Definition of absolute pitch

1 : the position of a tone in a standard scale independently determined by its rate of vibration
2 : the ability to recognize or sing a given isolated note

called also perfect pitch

Examples of absolute pitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Joybubbles also had absolute pitch, and could whistle these tones into the phone to fool the computer into thinking the money had been paid for the call. Wired, "Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation," 21 Nov. 2019 This had its limitations, and a few keen-eared researchers felt there was an advantage to Robert Hooke’s auditory approach – especially Olavi Sotavalta, an entomologist from Finland who had the rare gift of absolute pitch. Daniel A. Gross, Smithsonian, "Why We Need To Start Listening To Insects," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of absolute pitch

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Absolute pitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20pitch. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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