passing note


Definition of passing note

: a nonharmonic tone interposed between essential harmonic tones of adjacent chords

called also passing tone

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Indeed, local investigators have documented delays in the hourly rounds and raised concerns about the ability to pass notes and contraband between cells. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "Deadly Delays in Jail Construction Cost Lives and Dollars Across California," 20 July 2019 Justice antitrust chief Makan Delrahim attended Thursday’s hearing, sometimes passing notes to Mr. Murray at the lectern. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Government Faces Skeptical Judges in AT&T Appeal," 6 Dec. 2018 Instead, black girls with straight hair and thick lip gloss whispered and passed notes about my natural twists during class. Elaine Musiwa, Allure, "Goodbye to "Good Hair": How I Learned to Love My Natural Texture After Moving to America," 25 July 2018 Read: Woman passes note saying boyfriend holding her captive, deputies say The officer tackled Mejia, who thrust the knife, injuring an officer on the face and neck, investigators said. Kelly Healey, ajc, "Police: Florida officers injured by man in wheelchair wielding 9-inch knife," 28 May 2018 The video surveillance from the April 29 incident captured Wright and the woman passing notes to each other. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Jackson County jail guard charged with having sexual contact with female inmate | The Kansas City Star," 12 May 2018 Some of her clients are afraid to talk to her in the jail and pass notes instead. Lisa Demer, Anchorage Daily News, "State admits recording jail conversations between defense lawyers and clients," 15 Jan. 2018 Its misfortune is that it was brought screaming into the world for the sole purpose of creating a passing note of pathos in a song lyric. Nitsuh Abebe, New York Times, "New Sentences: From U2’s ‘Love Is All We Have Left’," 15 Dec. 2017 News spread fast, through the usual backstage channels, in whispers and passed notes. Erin Blakemore, Longreads, "The Unknowable Diana, 20 Years On: A Reading List," 31 Aug. 2017

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1730, in the meaning defined above

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