3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tenor \Ten"or\, noun [L., from tenere to hold; hence, properly, a holding on in a continued course: cf. F. teneur. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Tenor} a kind of voice.]

1. A state of holding on in a continuous course; manner of continuity; constant mode; general tendency; course; career.

Along the cool sequestered vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their away. --Gray.

2. That course of thought which holds on through a discourse; the general drift or course of thought; purport; intent; meaning; understanding.

When it [the bond] is paid according to the tenor. --Shak.

Does not the whole tenor of the divine law positively require humility and meekness to all men? --Spart.

3. Stamp; character; nature.

This success would look like chance, if it were perpetual, and always of the same tenor. --Dryden.

4. (Law) An exact copy of a writing, set forth in the words and figures of it. It differs from purport, which is only the substance or general import of the instrument. --Bouvier.

5. [F. t['e]nor, L. tenor, properly, a holding; -- so called because the tenor was the voice which took and held the principal part, the plain song, air, or tune, to which the other voices supplied a harmony above and below: cf. It. tenore.] (Mus.) (a) The higher of the two kinds of voices usually belonging to adult males; hence, the part in the harmony adapted to this voice; the second of the four parts in the scale of sounds, reckoning from the base, and originally the air, to which the other parts were auxillary. (b) A person who sings the tenor, or the instrument that play it.

{Old Tenor}, {New Tenor}, {Middle Tenor}, different descriptions of paper money, issued at different periods, by the American colonial governments in the last century.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

high-pitched \high-pitched\ adjective

1. high in pitch or frequency; -- used of sounds and voices. Opposite of {low}. [Narrower terms: {adenoidal, pinched, nasal}; {altissimo}; {alto}; {countertenor, alto}; {falsetto}; {peaky, spiky}; {piping}; {shrill, sharp}; {screaky, screechy, squeaking, squeaky, squealing}; {soprano, treble}; {sopranino}; {tenor}]

Syn: high. [WordNet 1.5]

2. set at a sharp or high angle or slant; as, a high-pitched roof.

Syn: steeply pitched, steep. [WordNet 1.5] high-power

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: (of a musical instrument) intermediate between alto and baritone or bass; "a tenor sax"

2: of or close in range to the highest natural adult male voice; "tenor voice"


1: the adult male singing voice above baritone [syn: {tenor}, {tenor voice}]

2: the pitch range of the highest male voice

3: an adult male with a tenor voice

4: a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life; "nothing disturbed the even tenor of her ways"

5: the general meaning or substance of an utterance; "although I disagreed with him I could follow the tenor of his argument" [syn: {tenor}, {strain}]

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