di·a·pa·son (dī′ə-pāzən, -sən)
1. A full, rich outpouring of harmonious sound.
2. The entire range of an instrument or voice.
3. Either of the two principal stops on a pipe organ that form the tonal basis for the entire scale of the instrument.
4. The interval and the consonance of an octave.
5. A standard indication of pitch.
6. A tuning fork.
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