how to pronounce diaphragm


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diaphragm is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of diaphragm in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… their card and their diaphragm so it's …”

meanings of diaphragm


  1. In mammals, a sheet of muscle separating the thorax from the abdomen, contracted and relaxed in respiration to draw air into and expel air from the lungs; also called thoracic diaphragm.
  2. A floor slab, metal wall panel, roof panel or the like, having a sufficiently large in-plane shear stiffness and sufficient strength to transmit horizontal forces to resisting systems.
  3. A contraceptive device consisting of a flexible cup, used to cover the cervix during intercourse.
  4. A thin opaque structure with a central aperture, used to limit the passage of light into a camera or similar device.
  5. In a speaker, the thin, semi-rigid membrane which vibrates to produce sound.
  6. A flexible membrane separating two chambers and fixed around its periphery that distends into one or other chamber as the difference in the pressure in the chambers varies.
  7. A permeable or semipermeable membrane.
  8. Any of various membranes or sheets of muscle or ligament which separate one cavity from another.


  1. To act as a diaphragm, for example by vibrating.
  2. To reduce lens aperture using an optical diaphragm.

diaphragm frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word diaphragm occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics diaphragm can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that diaphragm can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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