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Definition of Tenor

Tenor

  1. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.
  2. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.
  3. Stamp; character; nature.
  4. An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument.
  5. The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; hence, the part in the harmony adapted to this voice; the second of the four parts in the scale of sounds, reckoning from the base, and originally the air, to which the other parts were auxillary.
  6. A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it.

Tenor Quotations

Fiction is to the grown man what play is to the child; it is there that he changes the atmosphere and tenor of his life.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Religion creates community, community creates altruism and altruism turns us away from self and towards the common good... There is something about the tenor of relationships within a religious community that makes it the best tutorial in citizenship and good neighborliness.
Jonathan Sacks

I'm a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice.
Bill Monroe

The cello is a hero because of its register - its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.
Mstislav Rostropovich

In reply, I can only plead that a discovery which seems to contradict the general tenor of previous investigations is naturally received with much hesitation.
Charles Lyell
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Tenor Translations

tenor in Dutch is tenorstem, tenor
tenor in French is teneur
tenor in Swedish is lydelse, mening, riktning, tenor

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