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passing tone


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n passing tone a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Passing tone (Mus) a tone introduced between two other tones, on an unaccented portion of a measure, for the sake of smoother melody, but forming no essential part of the harmony.
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In literature:

This address was uttered in so piteous a tone, that it could not well be passed unheeded.
"Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II." by Pierce Egan
Only a few words passed between them, Pliny speaking first in a cold, hard tone.
"Three People" by Pansy
The next minute an order was given in a low tone; it was passed on, and the men sprang to their saddles.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn
The sharp tones of the sentry's challenge rung on our ears as he saw us passing.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
When a few heavy minutes had passed, he spoke again, this time in a tone of sadness.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
The three murderers drew near, talking in low tones, and seemed about to pass, when one of them stopped.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
All solicitude passed from Richard's expression, all softening from his tone.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The True Blues and the Wolfe Tones were, when they passed me, playing different tunes.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
They then descended, and as Koah passed the images he snapped his fingers at them, and said something in a sneering tone.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were conversing, in low tones, for the purpose of passing the time.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Madou, as he passed, said good morning in so mournful a tone that Jack's eyes filled with tears.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
They were talking in low tones, and as Fanny entered she heard Betty's name being passed from lip to lip.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
To pass the time, he told her, in a low tone, how he had got rid of Laniboire.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
But think of the chance I passed up of breakin' into the high toned philanthropy class!
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
She talked frankly, as though nothing had passed between them, with no suspicion of reproach in her tone.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
Another hour passed, Francois had returned, and the two stood talking rapidly but in such low tones that I could not catch a word.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Then, as the shock passed, he hastily changed his tone.
"When I Grow Up" by Richard E. Lowe
As we pass from the shadows of the Acropolis and the Acrocorinthus to the crests and valleys of the Seven Hills, the tone is changed.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
Without pause she passed into a quick staccato and then descended to long-drawn tones, deep and full.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
I then called the next post in an altered voice, and felt well pleased when Smilax said the tones were near enough to pass.
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris

In poetry:

A great church in an empty square,
A place of echoing tones;
Feet pass not oft enough to wear
The grass between the stones.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
'Twas eventide. Along the dusty road
Two weary travelers passed with aching feet
And heavy hearts, while each in saddened tones
The story of their Lord would oft repeat.
"The Walk To Emmaus" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Myrtie, you weep that the bard has neglected you,
Passed you, forgotten you, let you alone.
Bless you, Myrtilla, I never suspected you
Ever would speak to me, sweet, in that tone.
"To Myrtilla Complaining" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I sometimes sit beneath a tree
And read my own sweet songs;
Though naught they may to others be,
Each humble line prolongs
A tone that might have passed away
But for that scarce remembered lay.
"The Last Reader" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Pass thou on! yet a sister's tone
In its sweetness lingers,
Like some twin echo sent back alone,
Or the bird's soft note when its mate hath flown,
And a sister's fingers
Will again o'er the thrilling harp be thrown.
"To A Bride" by Nathaniel Parker Willis
Though Youth, the fair angel that looked o'er the strings,
Has lost the bright glory that gleamed on his wings,
Though the freshness of morning has passed from its tone
It is still the old harp that was always your own.
"My Annual" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

I wanted to go home, throw on Don Ho and a bikini—I'd been unable to take my eyes off the boogying bro in the blue Hawaiian shirt—and pass out, dreaming drunken sepia-toned visions of a tan I'd never have.
Early in "The Loneliest Planet " comes a scene that sets the tone for the film: A couple passes a tall brick wall as they walk on a tiny street.
Early in "The Loneliest Planet" comes a scene that sets the tone for the film: A couple passes a tall brick wall as they walk on a tiny street.

In science:

Each tone manager features a COordinate Rotation DIgital Computer (CORDIC) block and a DDC that is composed of an I&Q demodulator followed by a Low Pass Filter (LPF).
Electronics and data acquisition demonstrator for a kinetic inductance camera
The low-pass filtering operation allows the RD/CRD to operate at the sub-Nyquist rate R, while modulation by the random waveform—which smears the input signal tones across the spectrum, including in the low-pass region—results in a unique signature of each tone within the low-pass region.
A Constrained Random Demodulator for Sub-Nyquist Sampling
In addition to uniqueness of each tone’s signature in the lowpass region, the performance of the RD/CRD depends on the energy smeared into the low-pass region because tones with a low-energy signature will be harder to recover.
A Constrained Random Demodulator for Sub-Nyquist Sampling
We show in this setting that the CRD can perform better than the RD, provided the statistical distribution of the tones is matched to the power spectrum of the MRS, because the CRD in this case will on average smear and capture more energy from the input tones in the low-pass region of the spectrum.
A Constrained Random Demodulator for Sub-Nyquist Sampling
Starting at any pitch, ascending by the interval of an equal tempered fifth, one passes all twelve tones clockwise, to return to the beginning pitch class.
Music in Terms of Science