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Pronunciation:  `intow'neyshun

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

INTONATION is a 10 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: chanting, modulation, pitch contour
 See Also: cantillation, drone, droning, inflection, intonation pattern, monotone, music, prosody, singing, singsong, vocalizing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In`to*na"tion\, n. [See 1st {Intonate}.]
    A thundering; thunder. [Obs.] --Bailey.
  2. \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.
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