Diapason Definition

dīə-pāzən, -sən
noun
A full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound.
American Heritage
The entire range of a musical instrument or voice.
Webster's New World
The entire range of some activity, emotion, etc.
Webster's New World
One of the principal stops of an organ, covering the instrument's complete range and producing its characteristic tone quality.
Webster's New World
A swelling burst of harmony.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
diapason stop
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Other Word Forms of Diapason

Noun

Singular:
diapason
Plural:
diapasons

Origin of Diapason

  • Middle English diapasoun from Latin diapāsōn the whole octave from Greek dia pāsōn (khordōn) through all (the notes) dia through dia– pāsōn feminine genitive pl. of pās every pant- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin diapason, from Ancient Greek διαπασων (diapasōn), that is διά (dia) + πασων (pasōn) (χορδων (khordōn)) ‘through all (notes)’.

    From Wiktionary

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