intonation

Even if your friend claims she's not upset by the death of her pet iguana, her intonation may tell a different story. Intonation means the way someone's voice rises and falls as they're speaking.

Your emotions, your regional accent, or just the particular way you're used to speaking can all affect the intonation of your voice. There's something musical in the way people speak, and intonation describes that musicality. The word also means "producing musical tones," either with your voice or a musical instrument. Another kind of intonation is chanting, or half-speaking, half-singing your words.

DEFINITIONS OF: intonation

1

n the act of singing in a monotonous tone

Synonyms:
chanting
Types:
cantillation
liturgical chanting
Type of:
singing, vocalizing
the act of singing vocal music

n singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong

Type of:
singing, vocalizing
the act of singing vocal music

n rise and fall of the voice pitch

Synonyms:
modulation, pitch contour
Types:
intonation pattern
intonations characteristic of questions and requests and statements
drone, droning, monotone
an unchanging intonation
singsong
a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
Type of:
inflection, prosody
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

n the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument); especially the exactitude of the pitch relations

Types:
fixed intonation
the intonation of keyboard instruments where the pitch of each note is fixed and cannot be varied by the performer
Type of:
music
musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)
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