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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Psalmnoun

    one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament; said to have been written by David

  2. psalmverb

    any sacred song used to praise the deity

  3. psalmverb

    sing or celebrate in psalms

    "He psalms the works of God"


  1. psalmnoun

    A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God.

  2. psalmnoun

    Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.

  3. psalmverb

    To extol in psalms; to make music; to sing; as, psalming his praises.

  4. Etymology: From salm or psalme, from psealm, later reinforced from psalme (modern French psaume), both from psalmus, from ψαλμός (from ψάλλω), but later in New Testament times the meaning of ψαλμός evolved from its Classical meaning of "a tune played to the harp" to a more general tune that could be played with any instrument; even a song sung with or without their accompaniment. By the Byzantine Period, it lost all of its instrumental characteristics.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PSALMnoun

    A holy song.

    Etymology: psalme, pseaume, Fr. ψαλμὸς.

    The choice and flower of all things profitable in other books, the psalms do both more briefly contain and more movingly express, by reason of that poetical form wherewith they are written. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 37.

    Sternhold was made groom of the chamber, for turning certain of David’s psalms into verse. Henry Peacham.

    Those just spirits that wear victorious palms,
    Hymns devote and holy psalms
    Singing continually. John Milton.

    In another psalm, he speaks of the wisdom and power of God in the creation. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.


  1. Psalm

    The Book of Psalms ( SAH(L)MZ or SAW(L)MZ; Hebrew: תְּהִלִּים, Tehillim, lit. "praises"), also known as the Psalms, or the Psalter, is the first book of the Ketuvim ("Writings"), the third section of the Tanakh, and a book of the Old Testament. The title is derived from the Greek translation, ψαλμοί (psalmoi), meaning "instrumental music" and, by extension, "the words accompanying the music". The book is an anthology of individual Hebrew religious hymns, with 150 in the Jewish and Western Christian tradition and more in the Eastern Christian churches. Many are linked to the name of David, but modern mainstream scholarship rejects his authorship, instead attributing the composition of the psalms to various authors writing between the 9th and 5th centuries BC. In the Quran, the Arabic word ‘Zabur’ is used for the Psalms of David in the Hebrew Bible.


  1. psalm

    A psalm is a sacred song or hymn, particularly those contained in the biblical Book of Psalms. These are usually in verse form and are used in both Jewish and Christian worship. They express varied emotions like praise, thanksgiving, lament, or supplication. Psalms can also refer to a similar piece of religious verse of other traditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Psalmnoun

    a sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God

  2. Psalmnoun

    especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship

  3. Psalmverb

    to extol in psalms; to sing; as, psalming his praises

  4. Etymology: [OE. psalm, salm, AS. sealm, L. psalmus, psalma, fr. Gr. , , fr. to pull, twitch, to play upon a stringed instrument, to sing to the harp: cf. OF. psalme, salme, F. psaume.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Psalm

    säm, n. a sacred song.—ns. Psalm′-book, a book containing psalms for purposes of worship; Psalmist (säm′ist, or sal′mist), a composer of psalms, applied to David and to the writers of the Scriptural psalms.—adjs. Psalmod′ic, -al, pertaining to psalmody.—v.i. Psal′modise, to practise psalmody.—ns. Psal′modist, a singer of psalms; Psalmody (sal′mo-di, or säm′o-di), the singing of psalms, esp. in public worship: psalms collectively.—v.t. to celebrate in psalms.—ns. Psalmog′rapher, Psalmog′raphist, a writer of psalms; Psalmog′raphy, the act or practice of writing psalms; Psalm′-tune, a tune to which a psalm is usually sung.—The Psalms, one of the books of the Old Testament. [A.S. sealm—Low L. psalmus—Gr. psalmospsallein, to play on a stringed instrument.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of psalm in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of psalm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of psalm in a Sentence

  1. Ouachita Parish deputies:

    The timing of where we were at the time was crazy protection because we had all just gone inside. We have been resting on Psalm 91 and each other’s gratitude for all being okay ?? thank you for your prayers.

  2. The Refined Poet:

    In the midst of the storm, your life boat appears. A psalm, a hymn, a word... calming the fiercest winds of the soul.

  3. Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686):

    "There is nothing here abiding; the creature has a little honey in its mouth, but it has wings, it will soon fly away. But if you love God, He is ‘a portion for ever’ (Psalm 73:26).

  4. Andrew Lloyd Webber:

    My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass and orchestra, i hope my anthem reflects this joyful occasion.

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  • Miusicman13
    Does anyone know if "psalm" literally means "song"?
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