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the 7th note of the diatonic scale


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)



Original source:

Princeton WordNet


its being a half tone below the upper tonic
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)


Subtonic | flattened seventh | ♭VII

the scale degree below the tonic or, more specifically, the flattened seventh: the lowered or minor seventh degree of the scale, a whole step below the tonic, as opposed to the leading tone, which is only a half step below the tonic. The distinction ... (44 of 628 words, 3 images)


Collins Dictionary:

subtonic [music] | leading note [synonym]

the seventh degree of a major or minor scale (9 of 183 words, pronunciation)



subtonic | subtonics [plural]

[phonetics, outdated] Of or pertaining to imperfectly articulated sounds or utterances that are inaudible or barely audible, as characterized by Dr. James Rush (Guide to Pronunciation, 1833). | [music] The note immediately below the upper note of a ... (37 of 59 words, 3 definitions)


Oxford Dictionary:


Syllabification: (sub·ton·ic) | [music] | the note below the tonic, the seventh note of the diatonic scale of any key. (18 of 37 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/subtonic

subtonic [music] | leading note [music] | leading tone [music, North American]

the note below the tonic, the seventh note of the diatonic scale of any key (15 of 34 words, pronunciation)



leading tone | leading note | subtonic [leading tone]

the seventh tone of a major or minor scale (9 of 34 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/leading tone

Random House Dictionary:


the seventh tone of a scale, being the next below the upper tonic. (13 of 18 words, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

subtonic [music]

The seventh tone of a diatonic scale, immediately below the tonic. (11 of 14 words)


New World Dictionary:

subtonic [music]

the seventh tone of a diatonic scale; tone next below the upper tonic (13 of 14 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

note [countable] | notes [plural] | of note | strike/sound a note | take note | worthy of note

a short letter to someone ; something that you write down to remind you of ... | "notes": [plural] details from something such as a lecture or a book ... (28 of 452 words, 9 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciation)


note [transitive, verb] | noted [past tense] | noting [present participle] | notes [3rd-person singular present] | note down | be noted for

[formal] to notice or realize something | [often passive, formal] to mention something | "note" or "note down": to write something down so that you ... (23 of 162 words, 4 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/note 38

Britannica Encyclopedia:

note [staff notation]

in the notation of Western music, sign indicating pitch by its position on the staff and showing duration by its shape. Notes evolved in the 13th ... (26 of 158 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

note | rest

in musical notation, symbol placed on or between the lines of a staff to indicate the pitch and the relative duration of the tone to be produced by ... (28 of 135 words)


promissory note | promissory notes

unconditional written promise to pay a certain sum of money at a definite time to bearer or to a specified person on his order. Promissory notes are ... (27 of 72 words)


Cambridge Dictionary:

note [entry 1] | notes

a short piece of writing | a short explanation or an extra piece of information that is given at the bottom of a page, at the back of a book or on the ... (32 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/note 1

note [entry 2]

a single sound at a particular level, usually in music, or a written symbol which represents this sound (18 of 45 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/note 2

note [entry 3, singular]

an emotion or a way of expressing something (8 of 38 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/note 3

note [entry 4, British] | bill

([United States] "bill") a piece of paper money (8 of 28 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/note 4

note [entry 5, formal]

importance, or when something deserves attention (6 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/note 5

note [entry 6, slightly formal]

to notice something | to give your attention to something by discussing it or making a written record of it (19 of 86 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/note 6

Encarta Dictionary:

leading tone | leading tones [plural] | leading note [British] | leading notes [British, plural]

the seventh tone of the diatonic scale (7 of 24 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861693121​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references



First use: about 1854

Origin: its being a half tone below the upper tonic



subtonic | subtonics [plural]

Origin: sub- + tonic



Origin: the Latin sub, meaning under


tonic | tonics [plural]

Origin: Ancient Greek τονικός, from τόνος. 17th century writers believed health to be derived from firmly stretched muscles, thus tonic; the extension of tonic medicine appeared in the late 18th century. |... (30 of 32 etymology words)


Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

subtonic [music]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "subtonic"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "subtonic"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "subtonic"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "subtonic" by speech synthesizer


Google Dictionary:

subtonic | subtonics [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "subtonic"


Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:


Audio: North American pronunciation of "subtonic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=subton​01 word=subtonic

YourDictionary Audio:


Audio: North American English pronunciation of "subtonic"


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