Definition of diapason in English:

diapason

Line breaks: dia|pa¦son
Pronunciation: /ˌdʌɪəˈpeɪs(ə)n
 
, -z-/

noun

1 (also open diapason or stopped diapason) An organ stop sounding a main register of flue pipes, typically of eight-foot pitch.
More example sentences
  • Etherington adopts an apt change in registration, giving vent to the diapasons that would have been the lynchpin of organs in Handel's own time.
  • Weisflog rattles off the planned improvements: new choir ranks in both organs, several mixture stops, a pedal open diapason, and an en chamade or horizontal state trumpet to lend pomp and pageantry to academic convocations.
  • But the organ basically has one foundational stop which you use, I wouldn't say all the time, but most of the time if you are regularly playing, and that is the diapason or the principal, they have different names.
2A grand swelling burst of harmony.
More example sentences
  • For 45 minutes he spoke, sometimes allowing his voice to swell in a sonorous diapason, sometimes letting it sink low as he leaned forward confidentially over the desk.
3 literary The entire compass, range, or scope of something.
More example sentences
  • The entire diapason of pro-war liberal opinion-formers has indulged in this revolting ad hominem habit, ad infinitum and ad nauseam.
  • Here is an author in full command of the English language; invective is not beyond him; he ranges across the full diapason of human passion.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting the interval of an octave): via Latin from Greek dia pasōn (khordōn) 'through all (notes)'.

Definition of diapason in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day setose
Pronunciation: ˈsiːtəʊs
adjective
bearing bristles or setae; bristly