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Definition of Octave
OctaveOctave Oc"tave, n. [F., fr. L. octava an eighth, fr. octavus
eighth, fr. octo eight. See Eight, and cf. Octavo,
1. The eighth day after a church festival, the festival day
being included; also, the week following a church
festival. ``The octaves of Easter.' --Jer. Taylor.
(a) The eighth tone in the scale; the interval between one
and eight of the scale, or any interval of equal
length; an interval of five tones and two semitones.
(b) The whole diatonic scale itself.
Note: The ratio of a musical tone to its octave above is 1:2
as regards the number of vibrations producing the
3. (Poet.) The first two stanzas of a sonnet, consisting of
four verses each; a stanza of eight lines.
With mournful melody it continued this octave. --Sir
Double octave. (Mus.) See under Double.
Octave flute (Mus.), a small flute, the tones of which
range an octave higher than those of the German or
ordinary flute; -- called also piccolo. See Piccolo.
4. A small cask of wine, the eighth part of a pipe.
Octave Oc"tave, a.
Consisting of eight; eight. --Dryden.
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