: a musical interval embracing eight diatonic degrees
: a tone or note at this interval
: the harmonic combination of two tones an octave apart
: the whole series of notes, tones, or digitals comprised within this interval and forming the unit of the modern scale
: an organ stop giving tones an octave above those corresponding to the keys
: the interval between two frequencies (as in an electromagnetic spectrum) having a ratio of 2 to 1
: a group of eight
Examples of octave in a Sentence
He sang the song an octave lower.
Recent Examples on the WebAn entire taxonomy could be organized around Bening’s laughter, which spans octaves, from Champagne bubbles to the peatiest depths of Scotch.—Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 But the talented soprano — who is best known for her five-and-a-half octave range — preferred soul and R&B, and began her professional career in the Motown group The Gems at just 14, according to The New York Times.—Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 8 Oct. 2023 Pinkett Smith’s tone is telling, signifying with a shift in octave the weight of what’s coming out of her mouth to whoever is sitting across from her.—Helena Andrews-Dyer, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 When Swift goes up an octave in the track’s second verse.—Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2023 Emma then copies my voice & laugh and drops it several octaves.—Variety, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 Also adding to the work’s heft: The big bell, tuned two octaves below the bells overhead, seems less in tune with them than in tension.—Blake Gopnik, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 At least in one case, Alexa’s female voice dropped a few octaves, sounding more masculine.—Bernhard Warner, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2023 There was the range, the effortless jumping around octaves, and the subtle but discernible Gallic lilt, lending centuries of yearning to her bell-like clarity.—Daphne Merkin, The New Republic, 11 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin octava, from Latin, feminine of octavus eighth, from octo eight — more at eight