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intonation (plural intonations)
- (linguistics) The rise and fall of the voice in speaking.
- The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
- Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise.
- Her intonation was false.
- 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.
- A thundering; thunder.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bailey to this entry?)
the rise and fall of the voice in speaking
- “intonation”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- intonation in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
intonation f (plural intonations)
- intonation (all senses)