Semitone Sem"i*tone, n. [Pref. semi- + tone. CF. {Hemitone}.] (Mus.) Half a tone; -- the name commonly applied to the smaller intervals of the diatonic scale. [1913 Webster]

Note: There is an impropriety in the use of this word, and half step is now preferred. See {Tone}. --J. S. Dwight. [1913 Webster]

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