noun pro·la·tion \prōˈlāshən\

Definition of prolation



  1. 1 obsolete :  utterance the prolation of the words of benediction — John Lloyd

  2. 2 or prolatio music :  the relationship between the semibreve and the minim in mensural notation In major prolation the semibreve is divided into three minims, whereas in minor prolation it is divided into two. — compare modus, tempus

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Origin and Etymology of prolation

Latin prolation-, prolatio, from prolatus + -ion-, -io -ion

First Known Use: 14th century

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