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Definition of Intonation


  1. A thundering; thunder.
  2. The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale.
  3. Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, 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. See Intone, v. t.

Intonation Quotations

Laughter is the mind's intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins.
Edmond de Goncourt

The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body.
Stan Getz

You speak into it and everything is recorded, voice, tone, intonation, everything. You turn a little wheel, and forth it comes, and can be repeated ten thousand times. Only fancy what this suggests.
Henry Irving

I love Emmylou Harris's version of my song, 'Sweet Old World.' Her intonation is great.
Lucinda Williams

There is no earthly reason why a solo string instrument or voice, having the possibility to play or sing pure intonation, should want, or try, to be tempered.
Lara St. John
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Intonation Translations

intonation in French is cadence
intonation in German is Intonation
intonation in Italian is cadenza
intonation in Norwegian is tonefall, intonasjon
intonation in Swedish is tonfall, intonering
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