(Music) A system of adjustment of the intervals between the tones of an instrument of fixed intonation: it may be pure temperament, in which the intervals are set exactly according to theory, or equal temperament, as in a piano, in which the pitch of the tones is adjusted slightly to make them suitable for all keys
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, connotes more strongly the clarity or purport of the unstated purpose or objective the general tenor of the Bill of Rights
refers either to the course along which something is being carried or driven the drift toward absolute conformity or to a course taken by something that has unstated or unclear implications what is the drift of this argument?
in connoting a clearly defined course, but one also subject to change the current of one's life
suggests a general direction, with neither a definite course nor goal, subject to change or fluctuation by some external force a recent trend in literature
refers to an inclination or disposition to move in a particular direction or act in a certain way, esp. as a result of some inherent quality or habit he has a tendency toward exaggeration
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