- the entire range of a musical instrument or voice
- the entire range of some activity, emotion, etc.
- one of the principal stops of an organ, covering the instrument's complete range and producing its characteristic tone quality
- a swelling burst of harmony
- a standard of musical pitch
- a tuning fork
- Obs. the interval of an octave
- Obs. complete harmony
Origin of diapasonMiddle English diapasoun from Classical Latin diapason from Classical Greek diapas?n, contr. from h? dia pas?n chord?n symph?nia, concord through all of the notes from dia, through + pas?n, genitive plural of pas, all
- A full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound.
- The entire range of an instrument or voice.
- Either of the two principal stops on a pipe organ that form the tonal basis for the entire scale of the instrument.
- The interval and the consonance of an octave.
- A standard indication of pitch.
- A tuning fork.
Origin of diapasonMiddle English diapasoun from Latin diapāsōn the whole octave from Greek dia pāsōn (khordōn) through all (the notes) dia through ; see dia- . pāsōn feminine genitive pl. of pās every ; see pant- in Indo-European roots.
OriginSee also: diapasón
Latin diapason, from Ancient Greek διαπασων (diapasōn), that is διά (dia) + πασων (pasōn) (χορδων (khordōn)) ‘through all (notes)’.