semitone

noun
semi·tone | \ˈse-mē-ˌtōn, ˈse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semitone 

: the tone at a half step also : half step

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Other Words from semitone

semitonic \ˌse-mē-ˈtä-nik, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \ adjective
semitonically \ˌse-mē-ˈtä-ni-k(ə-)lē, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \ adverb

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A semitone (sometimes called a half tone or a half step) is the distance from a white key to a neighboring black key on the piano keyboard—for example, from G to G-sharp or from E to E-flat. In an octave (from G to the next G above, for instance), there are twelve semitones. Semitones are the smallest intervals that are used intentionally in almost any of the music you'll normally hear. Two semitones equal a whole tone—the distance from G up to A or from E down to D, for example.

First Known Use of semitone

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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semitone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of semitone

music : a difference in sound that is equal to 1/12 of an octave

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