diapason [dahy-uh-pey-zuh n, -suh n]
1. a full, rich outpouring of melodious sound.
2. the compass of a voice or instrument.
3. a fixed standard of pitch.
4. either of two principal timbres or stops of a pipe organ, one of full, majestic tone (open diapason) and the other of strong, flutelike tone (stopped diapason).
5. any of several other organ stops.
6. a tuning fork.
Related Words for diapason
chant, inflection, refrain, theme, music, lyric, area, space, spectrum, field, length, scope, territory, dimension, matter, concert, chorus, ditty, harmony, jingle
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Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English diapasoun < Latin diapāsōn the whole octave < Greek dià pāsôn (chordôn) through all (the notes), short for hē dià pāsôn chordôn symphōnía the concord through all the notes of the scale
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