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Octave Definition

A stanza comprising of eight lines; sometimes known as an octet or octastich.


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Other Octave Definition

[n] a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse
[n] a musical interval of eight tones
[n] a feast day and the seven days following it

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musical octave

Misc. Definitions

\Oc"tave\, n. [F., fr. L. octava an eighth, fr. octavus eighth, fr. octo eight. See {Eight}, and cf. {Octavo}, {Utas}.]
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.
2. (Mus.) (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 tones.
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 P. Sidney. {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.
\Oc"tave\, a. Consisting of eight; eight. --Dryden.

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