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chromatic scale


A second technician gauges Werner’s eye color against a chromatic scale on which sixty or so shades of blue are displayed.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  music:  a 12-note scale including all the semitones of the octave
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chromatic scale chromatic scales
Strongly Associated with:   diatonic scale
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  • A second technician gauges Werner’s eye color against a chromatic scale on which sixty or so shades of blue are displayed.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • But suddenly a storm came on, chromatic scales and diminished sevenths were heard in the orchestra, everyone ran off, again dragging one of their number away, and the curtain dropped.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He swallowed hard, drew a breath and made another attempt, producing this time a roll call on a rising chromatic scale.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
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Associated words [difficulty]:   chromatic scale [9]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, Science
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