tri·​tone | \ˈtrī-ˌtōn \

Definition of tritone 

: a musical interval of three whole steps

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The chord seethes with unsettled dissonance, packed with half- and whole-step clashes and anxious tritones, yet its triadic backbone lends stability. Matthew Guerrieri,, "A gift from Benjamin Britten’s teacher," 29 Mar. 2018 Standard tritone printing uses black and two shades of gray; a preferred Steidl technique is to print with three different blacks and two shades of gray, with results that closely mimic the appearance of photogravure. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Gerhard Steidl Is Making Books an Art Form," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of tritone

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tritone

Greek tritonon, from tri- + tonos tone

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The first known use of tritone was in 1609

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