Octave

Adjective

  • (obsolete) Consisting of eight; eight in number.

Noun

  • (music) The pitch an octave higher than a given pitch.

    "The bass starts on a low E, and the tenor comes in on the octave."

  • (Christianity) The day that is one week after a feast day in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
  • (music) An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale, representing a doubling or halving in pitch.

    "The octave has a pitch ratio of 2:1."

  • (fencing) The eighth defensive position, with the sword hand held at waist height, and the tip of the sword out straight at knee level.
  • A small cask of wine, one eighth of a pipe.
  • (music) An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale, representing a doubling or halving in pitch.

    "The singer was known for astounding clarity over her entire five-octave range."

  • (poetry) A poetic stanza consisting of eight lines; usually used as one part of a sonnet.
  • (Christianity) An eight day period beginning on a feast day in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.
  • (music) An interval of twelve semitones spanning eight degrees of the diatonic scale, representing a doubling or halving in pitch.

    "The melody jumps up an octave at the beginning, then later drops back down an octave."

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