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n. pl. di·e·ses (-sēz′)
See double dagger.
[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.]
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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]
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a mark (‡) used for references, as for footnotes.
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