whole step

noun

Definition of whole step

: a musical interval (such as C–D or C–B) comprising two half steps

called also whole tone

First Known Use of whole step

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whole step was circa 1899

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whole step

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whole step

US, music : a difference in pitch that is equal to ¹/₆ of an octave

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