Definition of enharmonic in English:

enharmonic

Syllabification: en·har·mon·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌenhärˈmänik
 
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adjective

Music
1Of or relating to notes that are the same in pitch (in modern tuning) though bearing different names (e.g., F sharp and G flat or B and C flat).
More example sentences
  • Some 16th-century composers evidently favoured the enharmonic advantages of the system.
  • You can see that his fondness for modulation by thirds and enharmonic shifts comes from French composers.
  • Go around the first half of the circle until all seven letters of the alphabet have been used with sharps, or use the enharmonic relationship between F-sharp and G-flat major to make the transition into flat keys.
1.1Of or having intervals smaller than a semitone (e.g., between notes such as F sharp and G flat, in systems of tuning that distinguish them).
More example sentences
  • The main purpose of the 1997 restoration was to replace the missing enharmonic tuning system, with its missing pipes and slider mechanism

Origin

early 17th century (designating ancient Greek music based on a tetrachord divided into two quartertones and a major third): via late Latin from Greek enarmonikos, from en- 'in' + harmonia 'harmony'.

Derivatives

enharmonically

adverb
More example sentences
  • The repetition of the original words at the close of the first stanza returns to the original music, but modulates to E minor, the D s of which shift enharmonically to E (flat).
  • Just as the pitches are enharmonically related, intervals that contain the same number of half-steps are referred to as enharmonically equivalent intervals.
  • For example, the key of B, with five sharps, is enharmonically equivalent to the key of Có, with 7 flats.

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