in·to·na·tion /ˌɪntəˈneʃən, (ˌ)to-/
In·to·na·tion n. A thundering; thunder. [Obs.]
1. Mus. (a) The act of sounding the tones of the musical scale. (b) Singing or playing in good tune or otherwise; as, her intonation was false. (c) Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating, or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest. See Intone, v. t.
n 1: rise and fall of the voice pitch [syn: modulation, pitch
2: singing by a soloist of the opening piece of plainsong
3: the act of singing in a monotonous tone [syn: chanting]
4: the production of musical tones (by voice or instrument);
especially the exactitude of the pitch relations