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diesis

  

      n   pl   , -ses  
1      (Printing)      another name for       double dagger  
2      (Music)  
a    (in ancient Greek theory) any interval smaller than a whole tone, esp. a semitone in the Pythagorean scale  
b    (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)  
     (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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double dagger  
      n   a character (<ddagger>) used in printing to indicate a cross reference, esp. to a footnote,   (Also called)    diesis, double obelisk         


diesis         
      n   pl   , -ses  
1      (Printing)      another name for       double dagger  
2      (Music)  
a    (in ancient Greek theory) any interval smaller than a whole tone, esp. a semitone in the Pythagorean scale  
b    (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)  
     (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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