Definition of diaphragm :
1. A calcareous plate which divides the cavity of certain shells into two parts.
2. A dividing membrane or thin partition, commonly with an opening through it.
3. A partition in any compartment, for various purposes.
4. A plate with an opening, which is generally circular, used in instruments to cut off marginal portions of a beam of light, as at the focus of a telescope.
5. The muscular and tendinous partition separating the cavity of the chest from that of the abdomen; the midriff.
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- I thereupon made a film of composition, as thin as possible, and stretched it upon the frame of my instrument, as a diaphragm behind the wires, hoping that the sound- waves would pass between the wires, and vibrate the diaphragm, which, being made of composition, would undoubtedly glow, but not more than the film had done. - "Zarlah the Martian", R. Norman Grisewood.
- By the contraction of its muscles the diaphragm is pulled down, thereby increasing the thoracic cavity. - "Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools", Francis M. Walters, A.M..
- When the felt diaphragm machine was brought into the market it was advertised as a no- moisture machine. - "The Dollar Hen", Milo M. Hastings.