Sem"i*tone (?), n. [Pref. semi- + tone. CF. Hemitone.] Mus.

Half a tone; -- the name commonly applied to the smaller intervals of the diatonic scale.

⇒ There is an impropriety in the use of this word, and half step is now preferred. See Tone.

J. S. Dwight.


© Webster 1913.

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