intonation

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From French intonation, from Medieval Latin intonatio

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intonation (plural intonations)

  1. (linguistics) The rise and fall of the voice in speaking.
  2. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
  3. Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise.
    Her intonation was false.
  4. 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.
  5. A thundering; thunder.
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