from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar, a curved neck, and a hollow back containing the sounding board, with usually 46 or 47 strings of graded lengths that are played by plucking with the fingers.
- n. Music Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar construction.
- n. Informal Music A harmonica.
- n. Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
- intransitive v. To play a harp.
- harp on To talk or write about to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with strings that are stroked or plucked with the fingers.
- n. A harmonica.
- v. To repeatedly mention a subject.
- v. To play on (a harp or similar instrument).
- v. To play (a tune) on the harp.
- v. To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers.
- n. A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.
- n. A grain sieve.
- intransitive v. To play on the harp.
- intransitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A musical instrument with strings which are played by being plucked with the fingers.
- n. [capitalized] A constellation, otherwise called Lyra or the Lyre.
- n. Same as harper, 2.
- n. An oblong implement, consisting of a frame filled up with parallel wires resembling the strings of a harp, used as a screen; a grain-sieve.
- n. A sparred shovel for filling coal.
- n. In a seutching-machine, a grating through which the refuse falls as the revolving beater drives the fibers forward.
- n. A figure, likened to a harp or saddle, on the back of the adult harp-seal.
- n. Hence The harp-seal, or harper.
- To play on the harp; play as on a harp.
- To speak often of something, especially so often as to be tiresome or vexing; speak with reiteration; especially, to speak or write with monotonous repetition: usually with on or upon.
- To give forth as a harp gives forth sound; give expression to, or utter.
- To produce some specified effect upon by playing on the harp.
- To sift or separate by means of a harp or screen: as, to harp grain; to harp sand. See harp, n., 4 and 5.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- v. come back to
- n. a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
- v. play the harp
- n. 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
Middle English, from Old English hearpe and from Old French harpe, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hearpe, from Proto-Germanic *harpōn. Cognate with Dutch harp, German Harfe, Swedish harpa. (Wiktionary)