browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
dirge

more about dirge

dirge


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dirge  \Dirge\,  n.  [Contraction  of  Lat.  dirige,  direct  thou 
  (imperative  of  dirigere),  the  first  word  of  a  funeral  hymn 
  (Lat.  transl.  of  Psalm  v.  8)  beginning,  ``Dirige,  Domine,  in 
  conspectu  tuo  vitam  meam.''  See  {Direct},  a.,  and  cf 
  {Dirige}.] 
  A  piece  of  music  of  a  mournful  character,  to  accompany 
  funeral  rites;  a  funeral  hymn. 
 
  The  raven  croaked,  and  hollow  shrieks  of  owls  Sung 
  dirges  at  her  funeral.  --Ford. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dirge 
  n  :  a  song  or  hymn  of  mourning  composed  or  performed  as  a 
  memorial  to  a  dead  person  [syn:  {coronach},  {lament},  {requiem}, 
  {threnody}] 




more about dirge