Definitions for Harphɑrp
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Harp
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame formed by a soundbox, a pillar, and a curved neck, and having strings stretched between the soundbox and the neck that are plucked with the fingers.
Category: Music and Dance
a harp-shaped implement or device.
a vertical metal frame shaped to bend around the bulb in a standing lamp and used to support a lamp shade.
(v.i.)to play on a harp.
Category: Music and Dance
harp on or upon, to repeat interminably and tediously.
Category: Verb Phrase
Origin of harp:
bef. 900; ME harpe, OE hearpe, c. OS, ON harpa, OHG harfa
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
a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
harmonica, mouth organ, harp, mouth harp(verb)
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
come back to
"Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things"
play the harp
"She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a musical instrument consisting of a frame with strings fastened in rows across it
to play the harp
A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with strings that are stroked or plucked with the fingers.
(usually with on) To repeatedly mention a subject.
Why do you harp on about a single small mistake?
To play on (a harp or similar instrument).
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. uE00097495uE001 Shakespeare.
for a player of the harp.
Origin: From hearpe, from harpōn. Cognate with Dutch harp, German Harfe, Swedish harpa.
a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers
a constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre
a grain sieve
to play on the harp
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
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
The harp is a multi-stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicularly to the soundboard. Organologically, it is in the general category of chordophones and has its own sub category. All harps have a neck, resonator and strings. Some, known as frame harps, also have a pillar; those without the pillar are referred to as open harps. Depending on its size, which varies, a harp may be played while held in the lap or while it stands on a table, or on the floor. Harp strings may be made of nylon, gut, wire or silk. On smaller harps, like the folk harp, the core string material will typically be the same for all strings on a given harp. Larger instruments like the modern concert harp mix string materials to attain their extended ranges. A person who plays the harp is called a harpist or harper. Folk musicians often use the term "harper", whereas classical musicians use "harpist". Various types of harps are found in Africa, Europe, North and South America and in Asia. In antiquity, harps and the closely related lyres were very prominent in nearly all cultures. The harp also was predominant with medieval bards, troubadors and minnesingers throughout the Spanish Empire. Harps continued to grow in popularity due to improvements in their design and construction through the beginning of the 20th century.
Translations for Harp
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a usually large musical instrument which is held upright, and which has many strings which are plucked with the fingers.
- harpaPortuguese (BR)
- die HarfeGerman
- हार्प, वीणाHindi
- دموسيقى يوه الهPashto
- 豎琴Chinese (Trad.)
- ایک بڑا ساز جس کے چوکھٹے میں تار کسے ہوتے ہیںUrdu
- đàn hạcVietnamese
- 竖琴Chinese (Simp.)
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