Diminished scale

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a scale of gradation used in finding the different points for drawing the spiral curve of the volute.

See also: Diminish

References in classic literature ?
On a diminished scale, I had awakened in his bosom some such uneasy distrust as the pocket-handkerchief of Desdemona is known to have aroused in that of the Moor.
Consider a single particular musical concept, such as learning the ins and outs of the diminished scale in improvisation.
using the diminished scale ideas where appropriate, in a rehearsal or performance setting.
Assured yet immobile, each animal is caught within its world of diminished scale.
Of course, had Smith died before publication of his second book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, it is certain that celebrations for him would have been on a vastly diminished scale.
Also, of course, those performances were viewed from places in the audience, with all the pluses of intimacy, the sense of breath and force, that live dance brings, and all the minuses of diminished scale and single viewpoint enforced by a fixed seat.
On a much diminished scale, the great house served the same function for women.
If bluecollar, labor union featherbedding has mostly been stamped out, white-collar featherbedding in government and private sector corporations seemingly goes on, even in recessionary times, though perhaps on a diminished scale.
Part One covers all scales, including pentatonic, modes, Hungarian, whole tone, chromatic and diminished scales.
He still has a difficult time with F# Major and all diminished scales.