- 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 diapas&omacron;n, the whole octave, from Greek dia pas&omacron;n (khord&omacron;n), through all (the notes) : dia, through; see dia– + pas&omacron;n, feminine genitive pl. of pas, 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)’.