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diaphone

[ dahy-uh-fohn ]

noun

  1. a foghorn producing a low-pitched, penetrating signal of two tones.
  2. Phonetics.
    1. a phoneme in one dialect corresponding to a similar but phonetically different phoneme in a related dialect.
    2. a group of sounds comprising all the phonetically different dialectal variants of a given phoneme in a language:

      The broad a and flat a of “half” are members of a single diaphone.



diaphone

/ ˈdaɪəˌfəʊn /

noun

    1. the set of all realizations of a given phoneme in a language
    2. one of any number of corresponding sounds in different dialects of a language
  1. a foghorn that emits a two-toned signal


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Word History and Origins

Origin of diaphone1

First recorded in 1905–10; dia- + -phone
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Word History and Origins

Origin of diaphone1

C20: from dia ( lect ) + phone ²
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Example Sentences

In the Pedal department no reed or flue pipe can begin to compare with a Diaphone, either in attack or in volume of tone.

The 32-foot open diaphone is located behind the picture screen.

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