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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.
Cecil says his two-year-old colt is as good as Wollow and Diesis, who were outstanding winners of the Dewhurst
Coral left him at 10-1 in their betting for the Cheltenham race after seeing the Diesis gelding cause a few heart flutters to punters who took the odds of 2-9 before he held off Classic Role's determined challenge.
The son of Diesis got his 2003 campaign off to a successful start with a three-length victory in a Newbury maiden in April.
But if you doubt my memory, see Daniel Benjamin's recent article in Slate that demolishes the Rice-Rumsfeld diesis.
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Cecil has not won the Dewhurst since Diesis triumphed in 1982, but he said last week that Frankel bore close comparison with that colt.
Unraced as a juvenile, this daughter of Diesis out of a Sadlers Wells mare is poised to make her debut soon.
Arlington victory testament to late Mill Ridge stallion DIESIS died nearly four years ago but he remains to the fore even though his final two crops, the youngest of which are now three, consist of just 35 foals.
Presidium looked to be on his way to attaining the heights set by his halfbrothers Kris, Diesis and Keen when second in the 1984 Mill Reef Stakes, but any fancy aspirations evaporated after a disappointing start to his three-year-old season.
Diesis was pensioned in April 2006 and put down seven months later after fracturing a hip in a paddock accident.
Highland River is the second winner from three foals out of Bee One, a winning daughter of Catrail from the family of Kris and Diesis.