octave octave  /ˈɑk tɪv/


  1. (n) a feast day and the seven days following it
  2. (n) a musical interval of eight tones
  3. (n) a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse


  1. Her precocity and virtuosity, her three-octave range and lyrical authority, are, at 23, scary.
  2. Somewhere, somehow, he has managed to add an octave to his range.
  3. The first, in 1994, was Rachelle Ferrell, who possesses a dazzling 6 12-octave vocal range.


  1. Country crooner Slim Whitman dead at age 90

    In the 1996 movie comedy "Mars Attacks!" Slim Whitman's yodeling, high-octave rendition of "Indian Love Call" causes the heads of the invading Martians to explode, saving Planet Earth.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Boulder Daily Camera

  2. Slim Whitman, Yodeling Country Star, Dies at 90

    With millions of records sold, the singer's high octave falsetto kept fans entertained for years. read more        
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Hollywood Reporter


  1. After correcting his Radiohead hiccup in Spinner, Friedberger said something like "How's the song? Is it 48 notes to the octave? What does it have to do with Harry Patch? Oh, my wife says I am being very rude. She doesn't like me insulting...
    on Nov 12, 2009 By: Matthew Friedberger Source: Prefixmag

  2. The April 13 show in Birmingham "should never have happened," critic Simon Price wrote. "Her voice, seemingly about an octave deeper than the Whitney who sang the hits, is ragged and raw. ...... Between songs, wheezing and panting and...
    on May 11, 2010 By: Simon Price Source: USA Today

  3. Lady Joanne survived a subsequent stewards' inquiry and a delighted Nafzger said: "Calvin just rode an unbelievable race. Last time he ran against Octave, she had us inside. This time, we had her inside. It was a tight hole, but it was a good hole....
    on Aug 19, 2007 By: Carl Nafzger Source: Sportinglife.co.za

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