Definitions for: Intonation

[n] the act of singing in a monotonous tone
[n] singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong
[n] the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations
[n] rise and fall of the voice pitch

Webster (1913) Definition: In`to*na"tion, n. [See 1st Intonate.]
A thundering; thunder. [Obs.] --Bailey.

In`to*na"tion, n. [Cf. F. intonation. See
Intone.] (Mus.)
(a) The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
(b) Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her
intonation was false.
(c) 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.

Synonyms: chanting, modulation, pitch contour

See Also: cantillation, drone, droning, inflection, intonation pattern, monotone, music, prosody, singing, singsong, vocalizing

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