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ˈmi di əntme·di·ant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mediantnoun

    (music) the third note of a diatonic scale; midway between the tonic and the dominant

Wiktionary

  1. mediantnoun

    The third degree of the diatonic scale.

  2. mediantnoun

    A rational number whose numerator is the sum of the numerators of two other given rational numbers and whose denominator is the sum of the denominators of those same two other rational numbers.

    For any tangent pair of Ford circles corresponding to rational numbers r and s, the Ford circle tangent to both of them corresponds to the rational number which is the mediant of r and s.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mediantnoun

    the third above the keynote; -- so called because it divides the interval between the tonic and dominant into two thirds

    Etymology: [L. medians, p. p. of mediare to halve: cf. It. mediante, F. mdiante.]

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  1. Mediant

    In music, the mediant is the third scale degree of the diatonic scale, being the note halfway between the tonic and the dominant. Similarly, the submediant is halfway between the tonic and subdominant. The fifth note is almost always a perfect fifth, while the third note can equally be a minor or major third. In Roman numeral analysis, the mediant chord can take several forms. In major scales, the mediant chord is minor and is noted with the Roman numeral iii. In a natural minor scale, the mediant occurs as a major chord, noted with the Roman numeral III. In harmonic minor scales and ascending melodic minor scales, the seventh scale degree is raised by a half-step from a subtonic to a leading tone, creating an augmented mediant chord, noted with the Roman numeral III+. For example, in the C major scale, the mediant is the note E; and the mediant chord is E-minor consisting of the notes E, G, and B. Therefore, Em is the iii chord in the C major scale. Also, in the A natural minor scale, the mediant is the note C; and the mediant chord is C consisting of the notes C, E, and G. Therefore, C is the III chord in the A minor scale. However, if the harmonic minor scale is used, G would be raised to G♯, changing the C chord to Caug, consisting of the notes C, E, and G♯. Therefore, Caug is the III+ chord in the A harmonic minor scale.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mediant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mediant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
    • A. dint
    • B. abandon
    • C. wavering
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