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- adj. Alternative form of sesquialteral.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sesquialteral.
- n. A stop on the organ, containing several ranks of pipes which reënforce some of the high harmonics of the ground tone, and make the sound more brilliant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In botany, same as sesquialteral . Compare hemiologamous. Jackson, Glossary.
- n. In entomology, a large spot inclosing a smaller one; a sesquiocellus.
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For just as those trained in the canons of the lyre declare the sesquialter proportion produces the symphony diapente, the double proportion the diapason, the sesquiterte the diatessaron, the slowest of all, so the specialists in Bacchic harmonies have detected three accords between wine and water — Diapente,
For five have the sesquialter proportion, three cups of water being mixed in two of wine; three, the double proportion, two being mixed with one; four, the sesquiterce, three cups of water to one of wine, which is the epitrite proportion for those exercising their minds in the council-chamber or frowning over dialectics, when changes of speeches are expected, — a sober and mild mixture.