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Definition an interval of tones with the pitch at the high end being twice that at the low end — 8 notes on the familiar diatonic scale
  • Her piano teacher said her hand can't span an octave with reasonable comfort.
  • His voice was deep, yet strangely soft and lilting; like the bush boy's, only several octaves lower.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • My voice rose an octave and cracked.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Peabody's voice rose slightly in octave.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • 'Someone's dead,' said Malfoy and his voice seemed to go up an octave as he said it.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • "Ah-ggah-shih," he calls her, his talking slowed, an octave lowered.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • "Those chords give the fifth and the octave," said Mr. Fogg.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Why didn't you say any of this last night?" he asked, his voice dropping an octave.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • She played a dreamy waltz, marking the time with the bass, while with the right hand she "tiddled' in alternate octaves.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • His voice climbed an octave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The piece ended with a trill of octaves in the treble and a final deep octave in the bass.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Her voice was just half an octave too high.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • Then she brightened again, rising an octave.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Little farther up, Phillip, Unc Octave, and Aunt Nane.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • Simon's voice went up an octave.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • I think my voice goes up an octave because I can't believe this, and I feel a decade's worth of resolve shatter.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Damien squeaked, his voice going up about twenty octaves.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • My voice edged up a few octaves.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • She turned to me, and her voice, dropping an octave lower, filled the room with thrilling scorn: "Do you know why we left Chicago?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • His voice goes up an octave.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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