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n. pl. di·e·ses (-sēz′)

[Medieval Latin, semitone (which was indicated by a double dagger), from Latin, quarter tone, from Greek, a letting through, from diīenai, to send through : dia-, dia- + hīenai, to send; see yē- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing another name for double dagger
2. (Music, other) music
a. (in ancient Greek theory) any interval smaller than a whole tone, esp a semitone in the Pythagorean scale
b. (in modern theory) the discrepancy of pitch in just intonation between an octave and either a succession of four ascending minor thirds (great diesis), or a succession of three ascending major thirds (minor diesis)
[C16: via Latin from Greek: a quarter tone, literally: a sending through, from diienai; the double dagger was originally used in musical notation]

dou′ble dag′ger

a mark (‡) used for references, as for footnotes.
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Noun1.diesis - a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"
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ONLY one stallion, Johar, occupies the Mill Ridge stallion barn these days, a far cry from the years when Gone West and Diesis headed numerically strong rosters.
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The Diesis horse returned to winning form when landing the 1m5f handicap that replaced the abandoned Ebor at Newbury and heads for Australia next Thursday.
Two daughters of Diesis, Isle Of Spice and Sharp Mode, were the first mares to be tested in foal to Derby winner Authorized, who stands at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for pounds 25,000.
DAGGERS DRAWN has been sold by Joe Foley's Ballyhane Stud to Dr Bruno Bardi, who will stand the 12-year-old son of Diesis at Allevamento I Mandorli next year.
The four-year-old daughter of Diesis is out of the El Gran Senor mare High Walden, from the family of Oaks winner Reams Of Verse, leading middle-distance runner and sire Elmaamul, and Juddmonte's late Classic-winning sire Zafonic.
The colt foal, out of the Diesis mare Demeter, is a grandson of 1993 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Nicer.