Mediant meaning

mēdē-ənt
The third degree of a major or minor scale.
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(music) The third degree of the diatonic scale.
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(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.

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The third tone in a diatonic musical scale, determining the major or minor quality of the tonic chord.
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Origin of mediant

  • Italian mediante from Late Latin mediāns mediant- present participle of mediāre to be in the middle from Latin medius middle medium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition