What does octave mean?

Definitions for octaveˈɒk tɪv, -teɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. octave(noun)

    a feast day and the seven days following it

  2. octave, musical octave(noun)

    a musical interval of eight tones

  3. octave(noun)

    a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse


  1. octave(Noun)

    An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale, representing a doubling or halving in pitch.

  2. octave(Noun)

    The pitch an octave higher than a given pitch.

    The bass starts on a low E, and the tenor comes in on the octave.

  3. octave(Noun)

    A poetic stanza consisting of eight lines; usually used as one part of a sonnet.

  4. octave(Noun)

    The eighth defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword out straight at knee level.

  5. octave(Noun)

    The day that is one week after a feast day in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

  6. octave(Noun)

    An eight day period beginning on a feast day in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.


  1. Octave

    In music, an octave or perfect octave is the interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its frequency. The octave relationship is a natural phenomenon that has been referred to as the "basic miracle of music", the use of which is "common in most musical systems". It may be derived from the harmonic series as the interval between the first and second harmonics. The octave has occasionally been referred to as a diapason. To emphasize that it is one of the perfect intervals, the octave is designated P8. The octave above or below an indicated note is sometimes abbreviated 8va, 8va bassa, or simply 8 for the octave in the direction indicated by placing this mark above or below the staff.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Octave

    ok′tāv, adj. eight: consisting of eight.—n. an eighth: that which consists of eight: the eighth day after a church festival, counting the feast-day itself as the first: the period between a festival and its octave: (mus.) an eighth, or an interval of twelve semitones: the eighth part of a pipe of wine. [Fr.,—L. octavus, eighth—octo, eight.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of octave in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of octave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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