diastole diastole  /daɪ ˈæ stə ˌli/

Definition(s):

  • (n) the widening of the chambers of the heart between two contractions when the chambers fill with blood

Usage(s):

  1. It is the very presence of its past that seems to determine the shape of Italian modernism: a systole and diastole between innovation and tradition.
  2. A show at London's Royal Academy of Arts surveys the systole and diastole of innovation and tradition that shaped 20th century Italian modernism.
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