1 Music A low-pitched stop in an organ or harmonium, typically a sixteen-foot stopped diapason.
- These names have all been used denote a Bourdon pitched an octave lower, at 16' or 32'.
- The scale for the Bourdon pipes is the same as the Soubasse pipes except two notes smaller.
- Bourdons are stopped pipes, that are only half the length of an open pipe of the same pitch.
2The drone pipe of a bagpipe.
- In one of his best poems, then, we find such relatively unfamiliar words as apodictic, valency, crenellated, enteric, and bourdon.
- Up to four unstopped strings, called bourdons, sound drones.
- On the hurdy-gurdy, the drone strings are called bourdons, in contrast to the melody string, which is a chanterelle.
Middle English (in the sense 'drone of a bagpipe'): from Old French, 'drone', of imitative origin.
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