Tempera Temperamental

Temperament

Meanings and phrases

temperament

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. your usual mood; disposition
  2. excessive emotionalism or irritability and excitability (especially when displayed openly)
  3. an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys

equal temperament

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. the division of the scale based on an octave that is divided into twelve exactly equal semitones
E.g.
  • ("See Twelve-tone equal temperament below.")
  • Twelve-tone equal temperament took hold for a variety of reasons.
  • This deviation from equal temperament is called the Railsback curve.
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