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The rate of repetition of the CYCLEs of a PERIODIC quantity, such as a SOUND WAVE. Thus, frequency is the inverse of the PERIOD. More generally, frequency can be thought of as the rate of change of PHASE.
The subjective impression of FREQUENCY, in the same sense that LOUDNESS is the subjective sense of the INTENSITY or AMPLITUDE of a sound. As such, pitch is a psychoacoustic variable, and the degree of sensitivity shown to it varies widely with people. Some individuals have a sense of remembered pitch, that is, a pitch once heard can be remembered and compared to others for some length of time; others have a sense of absolute pitch called PERFECT PITCH.
The ability to judge PITCH absolutely, without reference to another pitch or frequency. Also called absolute pitch. Perfect pitch appears to be an innate ability of some individuals, whereas related skills, such as remembered pitch or relative pitch which use other pitches as references, can be learned through musical practice.
A single sound of definite, recognizable PITCH. It also refers to the SONORITY or the quality of TIMBRE of a particular sound or sounding instrument. In British musical usage the word is also employed to refer to the INTERVAL of a major SECOND.