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 (dī′ə-pā′zən, -sən)
1. A full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound.
2. The entire range of an instrument or voice.
3. Either of the two principal stops on a pipe organ that form the tonal basis for the entire scale of the instrument.
4. The interval and the consonance of an octave.
5. A standard indication of pitch.
6. A tuning fork.

[Middle English diapasoun, from Latin diapāsōn, the whole octave, from Greek dia pāsōn (khordōn), through all (the notes) : dia, through; see dia- + pāsōn, feminine genitive pl. of pās, every; see pant- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˌdaɪəˈpeɪzən; -ˈpeɪsən)
1. (Instruments) either of two stops (open and stopped diapason) usually found throughout the compass of a pipe organ that give it its characteristic tone colour
2. (Instruments) the compass of an instrument or voice
3. (Music, other) (chiefly in French usage)
a. a standard pitch used for tuning, esp the now largely obsolete one of A above middle C = 435 hertz, known as diapason normal (French(djapazɔ̃ nɔrmal)
b. a tuning fork or pitch pipe
4. (Music, other) (in classical Greece) an octave
[C14: from Latin: the whole octave, from Greek: () dia pasōn (khordōn sumphōnia) (concord) through all (the notes), from dia through + pas all]
diaˈpasonal, diapasonic adj


(ˌdaɪ əˈpeɪ zən, -sən)

1. a full, rich outpouring of melodious sound.
2. the compass of a voice or instrument.
3. a fixed standard of pitch.
4. a principal stop of a pipe organ extending through the range of the instrument.
[1350–1400; Middle English diapasoun < Latin diapāsōn the whole octave < Greek dià pāsôn (chordôn) through all (the notes), short for hē dià pāsôn chordôn symphōnía the concord through all the notes of the scale]
di`a•pa′son•al, adj.
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Noun1.diapason - either of the two main stops on a pipe organ
organ stop - a graduated set of organ pipes of like tone quality


[ˌdaɪəˈpeɪzən] Ndiapasón m


n (also Mus) → Diapason m or nt; open diapasonPrinzipal nt; stopped diapasongedacktes Prinzipal
References in classic literature ?
Initiated in low and subdued tones, the sound soon rose in volume to the open diapason of barbaric blood lust.
I then gave Lys a piece of dried meat, and sitting inside the entrance, we dined as must have some of our ancient forbears at the dawning of the age of man, while far below the open diapason of the savage night rose weird and horrifying to our ears.