Dictionary: DI-A-PEN'TE – DI'AS-TASE

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DI-A-PEN'TE, n. [Gr. δια and πεντε, five.]

  1. A fifth; an interval making the second of the concords, and with the diatessaron, an octave. – Encyc.
  2. In medicine, a composition of five ingredients. – Coxe.

DI'A-PER, n. [Fr. diapré; diapered; said to be from Ypres, in the Netherlands. Anderson.]

Figured linen cloth; a cloth wove in flowers or figures, much used for towels or napkins. Hence, a towel or napkin.

DI'A-PER, v.i.

To draw flowers or figures, as upon cloth. If you diaper on folds. – Peacham.

DI'A-PER, v.t.

To variegate or diversify, as cloth, with figures; to flower. – Spenser. Howel.

DI'A-PER-ED, pp.



Transparent. [Little used.]

DI-APH-A-NE'I-TY, n. [Gr. διαφανεια; διαφαινω, to shine through; δια and φαινω, to shine.]

The power of transmitting light; transparency; pellucidness. – Ray.

DI-A-PHAN'IC, a. [Gr. διαφανης. See supra.]

Having power to transmit light; transparent. – Ralegh.

DI-APH'A-NOUS, a. [See supra.]

Having power to transmit rays of light, as glass; pellucid; transparent; clear.

DI-A-PHON'ICS, n. [Gr. δια and φωνη, sound.]

The doctrine of refracted sound. – Brande.

DI-APH-O-RE'SIS, n. [Gr. διαφορησις; διαφορεω, to carry through; δια and φορεω, to carry.]

Augmented perspiration or sweat; or an elimination of the humors of the body through the pores of the skin. – Coxe. Encyc.

DI-APH-O-RET'IC, a. [supra.]

Having the power to increase perspiration; sudorific; sweating.


A medicine which promotes perspiration; a sudorific. – Coxe. Encyc. Diaphoretics differ from sudorifics; the former only increase the insensible perspiration, the latter excite the sensible discharge called sweat. – Parr.

DI'A-PHRAGM, n. [di'afram; Gr. διαφραγμα; δια and φρασσω, to break off, to defend.]

  1. In anatomy, the midriff, a muscle separating the chest or thorax from the abdomen or lower belly. – Coxe. Encyc.
  2. A partition or dividing substance. – Woodward.

DI-A-PO-RE'SIS, n. [Gr. διαπορησις; διαπορεω, to doubt.]

In rhetoric, doubt; hesitation. – Bailey.

DI-A'RI-AN, a. [See Diary.]

Pertaining to a diary; daily.


One who keeps a diary.

DI-AR-RHE'A, n. [Gr. διαρῥοια; διαρῥεω, to flow through; δια and ῥεω, to flow.]

A morbidly frequent evacuation of the intestines; a lax.


Producing diarrhea or lax.

DI-AR-THRO'SIS, n. [Gr.]

The movable connection of bones.

DI'A-RY, n. [L. diarium, from dies, a day.]

An account of daily events or transactions; a journal; a register of daily occurrences or observations; as, a diary of the weather. A diary fever is a fever of one day.

DI-AS'CHISM, n. [Gr. διασχισμα, a piece cut off; διασχιζω; δια and σχιζω, to cut off.]

In music, the difference between the comma and enharmonic diesis, commonly called the lesser comma. Encyc.

DI'AS-PORE, n. [Gr. διασπειρω, to disperse.]

A mineral occurring in lamellar concretions, of a pearly gray color, and infusible. A small fragment, placed in the flame of a candle, almost instantly decrepitates, and is dispersed; whence its name. It is a mineral little known. – Haüy. Brongniart. Cleaveland.

DI-AS-TAL'TIC, a. [Gr. διαςαλτικος, dilating.]

Dilated; noble; bold; an epithet given by the Greeks to certain intervals in music, as the major third, major sixth, and major seventh. – Busby.

DI'AS-TASE, n. [Gr. δια and ιστημι.]

A peculiar substance generated during the germination of grain for the brewery, tending to accelerate the formation of sugar, during the fermentation of worts.