Definition of intonation
intonationalplay \ˌin-tə-ˈnā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, -(ˌ)tō-\ adjective
Examples of intonation in a Sentence
identical sentences, differing only in intonation
Recent Examples of intonation from the Web
The men in the chorus disappointed with weak, uneven entrances and unsure intonation, in contrast to the solid ensemble work of the sopranos and altos.
How an actor gives an intonation on a pronoun can change the whole tone of the scene.
Intonation problems bedeviled much of her work as the evening progressed, her singing undistinguished, at least by jazz standards.
In addition to the perfect intonation, Schwartz connects the dots, finds the story behind the story.
Mr. Pitt comes very close to the margin of caricature, all gruff intonations and chest-pumping, but often General McMahon is not entirely unsympathetic.
Curtain Call: Enos portrayed all of the characters in his story, adjusting his mannerisms, expressions and intonation to clarify who was speaking.
A study found that different parts of a dog’s brain process intonation and the meaning of words spoken to them.
Both quartets played Schubert’s Cello Quintet (and everything else on their programs) at such a high level that accuracy of intonation, ensemble precision and technical fluidity were a given.
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First Known Use of intonation
INTONATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of intonation for English Language Learners
: the rise and fall in the sound of your voice when you speak
INTONATION Defined for Kids
Definition of intonation for Students
: the rise and fall in pitch of the voice in speech
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