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Harp

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Harp \Harp\ (h[aum]rp), noun [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.

2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.

3. A grain sieve. [Scot.]

{Aeolian harp}. See under {Aeolian}.

{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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Harp \Harp\, verb (used with an object) 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.

Thou 'st harped my fear aright. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Harp \Harp\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Harped} (h[aum]rpt) p. pr. & vb. n. {Harping}.] [AS. hearpian. See {Harp}, noun]

1. To play on the harp.

I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps. --Rev. xiv. 2.

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.

Harping on what I am, Not what he knew I was. --Shak.

{To harp on one string}, to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

harp

noun

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}]

verb

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"


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