octavate
EnglishEdit
EtymologyEdit
First attested in verbal use in 1922 and in nominal use in 2000; formed as octav(e) + ate, in the musical sense after the French octavier.
PronunciationEdit
 IPA^{(key)}: /ˈɒktəveɪt/, /ˈɒkteɪveɪt/
VerbEdit
octavate (thirdperson singular simple present octavates, present participle octavating, simple past and past participle octavated)
 (music) To sound one octave higher or lower.
 (intransitive, of an instrument) To resonate or sound one octave higher or lower.
 1922, Diran Alexanian [aut.] and Frederick Fairbanks [tr.], Complete Cello Technique (2003 repub.), page 105
 The string, originally divided, will continue for some time to “octavate”.
 1947, Ernest Closson [aut.] and Delano Ames [tr.], History of the Piano, page 64
 Adolphe Sax, when he invented the saxophone, had at first only in mind the object of improving the clarinet by permitting it to ‘octavate.’
 1948, The Galpin Society Journal I–IV, page 69
 ‘Octavate’ (i.e. overblow at the octave. Does decimate mean to overblow at the tenth? Is the Primate the fundamental note of an instrument?).
 1957, Marin Mersenne [aut.] and Roger Eddington Chapman [tr.], Harmonie Universelle, page 305
 When it octavates, the holes being closed, it often assumes its natural pitch again on opening the holes, instead of continuing its tones to the octave above, so that it octavates much more easily when the holes are closed than when they are unstopped.
 1922, Diran Alexanian [aut.] and Frederick Fairbanks [tr.], Complete Cello Technique (2003 repub.), page 105
 (intransitive, of a person) To span (at least) one octave in playing a musical instrument.
 1984, VdGSA News XXI–XXIV, page 39
 Ability to ornament, octavate, play chords and do some improvising.
 2004, Deutschland, page 23
 He varies and octavates, leaving Bach listeners thunderstruck.
 2007, Michael Gallant, “OCTAVATE!: Spread your hands to create powerful sounds.” in Keyboard XXXIII–XXXIV, page unknown
 1984, VdGSA News XXI–XXIV, page 39
 (transitive, rare, of an instrument, construed with up) To double the pitch of (a part of itself).
 1999, Jon Chappell, The Recording Guitarist, page 133
 A 12string doubles the octaves of only the lower four strings…. A doubled, capoed guitar “octavates up” the top two strings.
 1999, Jon Chappell, The Recording Guitarist, page 133
 (intransitive, of an instrument) To resonate or sound one octave higher or lower.
 (mathematics, rare) To convert (the expression of a number) from denary to octal notation.
 1949, The American Mathematical Monthly LVI, page 463
 To octavate the number one hundred the reasoning is as follows. The square of eight goes into one hundred once with remainder thirtysix. This remainder contains eight to the first power four times with remainder four. Hence to express one hundred to the base 8 we write the digits 144 which in somewhat longer form may be put as 100 = 1×8² + 4×8 + 4.
 1949, The American Mathematical Monthly LVI, page 463
AntonymsEdit
 (mathematics: convert from denary to octal notation): decimate
Derived termsEdit
Related termsEdit
TranslationsEdit
sound one octave higher or lower

NounEdit
octavate (plural octavates)