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diapason

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noun di·a·pa·son \ˌdī-ə-ˈpā-zən, -sən\

Definition of diapason

  1. 1 a :  a burst of sound <diapasons of laughter> b :  the principal foundation stop in the organ extending through the complete range of the instrument c (1) :  the entire compass of musical tones (2) :  range, scope <registers the full diapason of her responses — Mindy Aloff>

  2. 2 a :  tuning fork b :  a standard of pitch



Examples of diapason

  1. <the survey ultimately recorded the full diapason of seemingly possible replies regarding sexual practices>



Origin of diapason

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek (hē) dia pasōn (chordōn symphōnia), literally, the concord through all the notes, from dia through + pasōn, genitive feminine plural of pas all — more at dia-, pan-


First Known Use: circa 1501


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