One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A series of eight notes occupying the interval between (and including) two notes, one having twice or half the frequency of vibration of the other.
range, area, region, reaches, sweepView synonyms
- ‘Trotter uses this music to introduce octaves, accented rhythms, a whole tone scale and a continuous cross-hand pattern.’
- ‘These ratios produce the eight notes of an octave in the musical scale corresponding to the white keys on a piano.’
- ‘One of the most difficult passages for the violin in the first movement is a melodic minor one-octave scale in fingered octaves.’
- 1.1 The interval between the two notes at the extremes of an octave.
- ‘I hissed softly, my voice a few octaves higher than it should have been.’
- ‘He sang an octave higher than his master, to better suit his tenor.’
- ‘What is it that makes notes one octave apart fit together so well?’
- ‘Rocky sung this quietly, and an octave lower than it was supposed to be.’
- ‘His voice had changed, dropping several octaves.’
- 1.2 Each of the two notes at the extremes of an octave.
- ‘In another, open octaves alternate with chordal homophony.’
- ‘Psychotic disco drums and vivacious octave bass lines introduce us to the Liars new mania.’
- ‘Meanwhile, strong octave Bs in the bass, along with the lengthy pedals necessary to sustain them, create the tremendous resonance this passage requires.’
- 1.3 The two notes at the extremes of an octave sounding together.
- ‘Only one, ‘I Love to Tell the Story,’ has the melody in octaves in the bass.’
- ‘They chant in a deep harmonic, which can be heard sounding three octaves at once during stages in the ritual.’
- ‘The coda makes use of octaves and large chords, which may cause difficulty for smaller hands.’
- ‘The main difficulty of the second section is the pages of interlocking octaves, chords and single notes covering the entire range of the keyboard.’
- ‘Lerner conquered the score's thunderous octaves and tone clusters brilliantly.’
2A poem or stanza of eight lines; an octet.
- ‘Boccaccio's poem, a pastoral romance in rhymed octaves, has been aptly described as a hymn to nature.’
- ‘Not only has the poet repeatedly discovered different dramatic structures, she also discovered whole new octaves of tone.’
- ‘In ‘Tea,’ a fine Italian sonnet, she finishes the octave with ‘we learn nothing of ours is ours to keep.’’
- ‘The beginning octave of this sonnet fits poorly with the sestet.’
- ‘The second quatrain of Smith's sonnet alludes to Petrarch's octave.’
3The eighth day after a church festival, inclusive of the day of the festival.
- ‘On the watery desert from Pentecost to Christmas, they stay on the Isle of Ailbe from Christmas through the octave of Epiphany.’
- 3.1 A period of eight days beginning with the day of a Church festival.
- ‘They composed new liturgies in his honor and celebrated his death (unique for any local saint) with a full octave of worship.’
The last of eight standard parrying positions.
Middle English (in octave (sense 3)): via Old French from Latin octava dies ‘eighth day’.
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