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  • noun any of many knobs near the keyboard of an organ used to select different sounds or timbres
  • noun the timbre so produced

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  • noun a graduated set of organ pipes of like tone quality


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  • "An organ stop (or just stop) is a component of a pipe organ which admits pressurized air (known as wind) to a set of organ pipes. Its name comes from the fact that stops can be used selectively by the organist; some can be "on" (admitting the passage of air to certain pipes), while other can be "off" (stopping the passage of air to certain pipes).

    The term can also refer to the control that operates this mechanism, commonly called a stop tab, stop knob, or drawknob."

    - Wikipedia

    January 22, 2008