[ dahy-uh-sis ]
/ ˈdaɪ ə sɪs /
noun, plural di·e·ses [dahy-uh-seez]. /ˈdaɪ əˌsiz/. Printing.
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British Dictionary definitions for diesis
/ (ˈdaɪɪsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
printing another name for double dagger
- (in ancient Greek theory) any interval smaller than a whole tone, esp a semitone in the Pythagorean scale
- (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)
Word Origin for 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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