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Meaning of OCTAVE

Pronunciation:  âk'teyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse
  2. [n]  a musical interval of eight tones
  3. [n]  a feast day and the seven days following it

OCTAVE is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: musical octave
 See Also: church festival, interval, musical interval, religious festival, stanza



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Oc"tave\, n. [F., fr. L. octava an eighth, fr. octavus
    eighth, fr. octo eight. See {Eight}, and cf. {Octavo},
    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
    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.
  2. \Oc"tave\, a.
    Consisting of eight; eight. --Dryden.
Computing Dictionary

A high-level interactive language by John W. Eaton, with help from many others, like matlab, primarily intended for numerical computations. Octave provides a convenient command line interface for solving linear and nonlinear problems numerically.

Octave can do arithmetic for real and complex scalars and matrices, solve sets of nonlinear algebraic equations, integrate functions over finite and infinite intervals, and integrate systems of ordinary differential and differential-algebraic equations.

Octave has been compiled and tested with g++ and libg++ on a sparcstation 2 running sunos 4.1.2, an ibm rs/6000 running aix 3.2.5, dec alpha systems running osf/1 1.3 and 3.0, a decstation 5000/240 running ultrix 4.2a, and intel 486 systems running linux. It should work on most other unix systems with g++ and libg++.

Octave is distributed under the gnu general public license. It requires gnuplot, a c++ compiler and fortran compiler or f2c translator.

Latest version: 2.0.16 (released 2000-01-30), as of 2000-06-26.


or your nearest gnu archive site.

E-mail: <bug-octave@bevo.che.wisc.edu>.

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