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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.]
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(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
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(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
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[ˌdaɪəˈpeɪzən] Ndiapasón m
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n (also Mus) → Diapason m or nt; open diapasonPrinzipal nt; stopped diapasongedacktes Prinzipal
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His murmurs were in the diapason of ordinary roaring.
de Mazarin jumped by a note and a half to reply above the diapason of his usual voice.
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.
Above the nocturnal diapason of the teeming jungle sounded a dismal flapping of wings and over head, through the thick night, a shadowy form passed across the diffused light of the flaring camp-fire.
Dans son message au souverain du Maroc, le Roi Mohamed VI, le president de la Republique a souligne que cet anniversaire est la [beaucoup moins que] une halte qui exige de nous une evaluation du parcours de l'UMA et le developpement et l'actualisation de son mode de fonctionnement lui permettant d'etre au diapason des exigences de l'heure, dans l'objectif de renforcer le rempart de l'UMA".
"Gold has generally always outperformed at least other commodities when we've had financial stress, when volatilities have picked up, when credit spreads have widened - and it's clearly not doing that now," Diapason's Corrigan said.
DO Diapason Tom Dascombe Pontefract, June 28 Dropping in trip and wearing a tongue-tie for the first time, she looked a little unlucky.
Her recordings for the Chandos label have won world acclaim, and her latest CD, of solo pieces by Polish-French composer Aleksander Tansman, has just scooped France's top award, the Diapason D'Or.
KLONDYKE SUPER ROSS (3.15 Newton Abbot) NOT NOW LEWIS (5.00 Ayr) DIAPASON (8.30 Windsor)
LEICESTER: 2.30 Itsher, 3.05 Hachi, 3.35 Whooshka, 4.10 Bold Cross, 4.45 Playful Asset, 5.20 Diapason.