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harp


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harp  \Harp\,  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. 
 
  2.  (Astron.)  A  constellation;  Lyra,  or  the  Lyre. 
 
  3.  A  grain  sieve.  [Scot.] 
 
  {[AE]olian  harp}.  See  under  {[AE]olian}. 
 
  {Harp  seal}  (Zo["o]l.),  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}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harp  \Harp\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Harped}p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Harping}.]  [AS.  hearpian  See  {Harp},  n.] 
  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.  [Collog.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  Thou  'harped  my  fear  aright.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harp 
  n  1:  a  stringed  musical  instrument  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  musical  instrument  having  a  row  of  free 
  reeds  set  back  in  air  holes  and  played  by  blowing  into  the 
  desired  hole  [syn:  {harmonica},  {mouth  organ},  {mouth  harp}] 
  v  1:  come  back  to  "Don't  dwell  on  the  past"  [syn:  {dwell}] 
  2:  play  the  harp 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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). 
 




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