mi·​cro·​tone | \ˈmī-krə-ˌtōn \

Definition of microtone 

: a musical interval smaller than a halftone

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Other Words from microtone

microtonal \ˌmī-​krə-​ˈtō-​nᵊl \ adjective
microtonality \-​tō-​ˈna-​lə-​tē \ noun
microtonally \-​ˈtō-​nᵊl-​ē \ adverb

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The electronic music of the shopping mall gave way to spartan strains of Arabic music with its tangy microtones. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Personal Journey: In Jerusalem, watching the time and the timeless," 15 June 2018 And there’s a lot of mystery in those 'between' notes, the microtones. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Derek Trucks pays nightly tribute to musical mentors," 14 July 2017 Players were often asked to abandon the standard twelve pitches: glissandos, microtones, whistling harmonics, and other breathy noises proliferated. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The L.A. Philharmonic Celebrates Iceland," 21 Apr. 2017 There, Levi conjured a Stygian exoplanet of glissandos and microtones and processed percussive sounds, evoking the truly alien better than the most lavish special effects ever could have done. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "Mica Levi’s Intensely Unconventional Film Scores," 23 Feb. 2017 He was often treated as an outsider artist for his protean interests, which included Indonesian gamelans, Esperanto and microtones. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts & Culture: Björk-apalooza, a master of theater, architecting L.A.'s newest museum," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of microtone

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microtone was in 1914

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