meantone system

noun

Definition of meantone system

: a system of tuning keyboard instruments used before the adoption of equal temperament and based on a standard interval of a mean between a major and a minor whole tone of just intonation or one half of an acoustically pure major third

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“Meantone system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meantone%20system. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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