dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


6 definitions found
 for Harp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harp \Harp\, v. t.
     To play on, as a harp; to play (a tune) on the harp; to
     develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound
     forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           Thou 'st harped my fear aright.          --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harp \Harp\ (h[aum]rp), n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D.
     harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.]
     1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame
        furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held
        upright, and played with the fingers.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. A grain sieve. [Scot.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Aeolian harp. See under Aeolian.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Harp+seal+(Zool.),+an+arctic+seal+({Phoca+Gr[oe]nlandica">Harp seal (Zool.), an arctic seal ({Phoca Gr[oe]nlandica).
        The adult males have a light-colored body, with a
        harp-shaped mark of black on each side, and the face and
        throat black. Called also saddler, and saddleback. The
        immature ones are called bluesides; their fur is white,
        and they are killed and skinned to harvest the fur.
  
     Harp shell (Zool.), a beautiful marine gastropod shell of
        the genus Harpa, of several species, found in tropical
        seas. See Harpa.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harp \Harp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Harped (h[aum]rpt) p. pr. &
     vb. n. Harping.] [AS. hearpian. See Harp, n.]
     1. To play on the harp.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their
              harps.                                --Rev. xiv. 2.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To dwell on or recur to a subject tediously or
        monotonously in speaking or in writing; to refer to
        something repeatedly or continually; -- usually with on or
        upon. "Harpings upon old themes." --W. Irving.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Harping on what I am,
              Not what he knew I was.               --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     To harp on one string, to dwell upon one subject with
        disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  harp
      n 1: a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a
           sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings
           stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked
           with the fingers
      2: a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
      3: a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free
         reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the
         desired hole [syn: harmonica, mouth organ, harp, mouth
         harp]
      v 1: come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always
           harping on the same old things" [syn: harp, dwell]
      2: play the harp; "She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "harp":
     French harp, Irish harp, aeolian harp, cithara, clarsach, dulcimer,
     harmonica, harmonicon, heptachord, hexachord, kazoo, langspiel,
     lyre, mouth bow, mouth harp, mouth organ, polychord, symphonia,
     zither
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Harp
     (Heb. kinnor), the national instrument of the Hebrews. It was
     invented by Jubal (Gen. 4:21). Some think the word _kinnor_
     denotes the whole class of stringed instruments. It was used as
     an accompaniment to songs of cheerfulness as well as of praise
     to God (Gen. 31:27; 1 Sam. 16:23; 2 Chr. 20:28; Ps. 33:2;
     137:2).
     
       In Solomon's time harps were made of almug-trees (1 Kings
     10:11, 12). In 1 Chr. 15:21 mention is made of "harps on the
     Sheminith;" Revised Version, "harps set to the Sheminith;"
     better perhaps "harps of eight strings." The soothing effect of
     the music of the harp is referred to 1 Sam. 16:16, 23; 18:10;
     19:9. The church in heaven is represented as celebrating the
     triumphs of the Redeemer "harping with their harps" (Rev. 14:2).
     

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org