Definitions for intonationˌɪn toʊˈneɪ ʃən, -tə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•to•na•tionˌɪn toʊˈneɪ ʃən, -tə-(n.)

  1. the pattern or melody of pitch changes in connected speech, esp. the pitch pattern of a sentence, which distinguishes kinds of sentences or speakers of different language cultures.

    Category: Phonetics

  2. the act or manner of intonating.

  3. the ability to produce musical tones on pitch.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. something that is intoned.

    Category: Music and Dance

  5. the opening phrase of a Gregorian chant.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of intonation:

< ML


Princeton's WordNet

  1. intonation, modulation, pitch contour(noun)

    rise and fall of the voice pitch

  2. intonation(noun)

    singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong

  3. intonation, chanting(noun)

    the act of singing in a monotonous tone

  4. intonation(noun)

    the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intonation(noun)

    a thundering; thunder

  2. Intonation(noun)

    the act of sounding the tones of the musical scale

  3. Intonation(noun)

    singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her intonation was false

  4. Intonation(noun)

    reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating, or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest. See Intone, v. t

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the rise and fall of the voice in speech.

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