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Tenor

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Noun

1. tenor, tenor voice

the adult male singing voice above baritone

2. tenor

the pitch range of the highest male voice

3. tenor

an adult male with a tenor voice

4. tenor

a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life

Example Sentences:
'nothing disturbed the even tenor of her ways'

5. strain, tenor

the general meaning or substance of an utterance

Example Sentences:
'although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument'

Adjective

6. tenor

(of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass

Example Sentences:
'a tenor sax'

7. tenor

of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice

Example Sentences:
'tenor voice'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


Tenor

see synonyms of tenor
noun
1. music
a. 
the male voice intermediate between alto and baritone, having a range approximately from the B a ninth below middle C to the G a fifth above it
b. 
a singer with such a voice
c. 
a saxophone, horn, recorder, etc, intermediate in compass and size between the alto and baritone or bass
d. 
(as modifier)
a tenor sax
2. 
general drift of thought; purpose
to follow the tenor of an argument
3. 
a. 
(in early polyphonic music) the part singing the melody or the cantus firmus
b. 
(in four-part harmony) the second lowest part lying directly above the bass
4. bell-ringing
a. 
the heaviest and lowest-pitched bell in a ring
b. 
(as modifier)
a tenor bell
5. 
a settled course of progress
6. archaic
general tendency
7. finance
the time required for a bill of exchange or promissory note to become due for payment
8. law
a. 
the exact words of a deed, etc, as distinct from their effect
b. 
an exact copy or transcript

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Tenor

see synonyms of tenor
noun
1. 
general course or tendency
the even tenor of my life
2. 
general meaning; drift; purport
3. 
in a metaphor, that term or concept that is described in a figurative way by the vehicle
see also vehicle (sense 3)
4.  Obsolete
general character or nature
5. 
the exact wording or an exact copy of a legal document
6. 
a. 
the range of a voice, often, specif., an adult male voice, between baritone and countertenor, usually from about an octave below middle C to an octave above
b. 
a voice or singer with such a range
c. 
an instrument with a similar range within its family, as a tenor saxophone
d. 
a part for such a voice or instrument
7. 
in four-part harmony, the second lowest part
8. 
in a set of bells for ringing changes, the bell with the lowest tone
adjective
9. 
of, for, or having the range of a tenor

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Tenor

see synonyms of tenor
n.
1. The general course or character of something: "She would coast tonight, segue early into the Q&A, let the audience dictate the tenor of the event" (Anita Shreve). See Synonyms at tendency.
2. The word, phrase, or subject with which the vehicle of a metaphor is identified, as life in "Life's but a walking shadow" (Shakespeare).
3. The general meaning; the purport or drift: the tenor of her remarks; the tenor of your message.
4. Music
a. The highest natural adult male voice.
b. One who sings this part.
c. An instrument that sounds within this range.
d. A vocal or instrumental part written within this range.

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