the third degree of a major or minor scale
Origin of mediantItalian mediante ; from Late Latin medians, present participle of mediare: see mediate
The third tone in a diatonic musical scale, determining the major or minor quality of the tonic chord.
Origin of mediantItalian mediante, from Late Latin medians, mediant-, present participle of mediare, to be in the middle, from Latin medius, middle; see medium.
- (music) The third degree of the diatonic scale.
- (mathematics) A rational number whose numerator is the sum of the numerators of two other given rational numbers and whose denominator is the sum of the denominators of those same two other rational numbers.
- For any tangent pair of Ford circles corresponding to rational numbers r and s, the Ford circle tangent to both of them corresponds to the rational number which is the mediant of r and s.