from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See double dagger.
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- n. Any of several intervals, smaller than a tone, in ancient Greek music
- n. The double dagger sign - ‡
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small interval, less than any in actual practice, but used in the mathematical calculation of intervals.
- n. The mark ‡; -- called also double dagger. It is used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek music, the Pythagorean semitone, being the difference between a fourth and two major tones, represented by the ratio 256: 243.
- n. In modern music, the difference between an octave and three major thirds, represented by the ratio 128: 125. Also called the modern enharmonic diesis.
- n. In printing, the mark ‡, commonly called double dagger. See dagger.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
Medieval Latin, semitone (which was indicated by a double dagger), from Latin, quarter tone, from Greek diesis, a letting through, from diīenai, to send through : dia-, dia- + hīenai, to send; see yē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)