1. [syn: song sparrow, Melospiza melodia]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Song \Song\ (s[o^]ng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to
sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s["o]ngr, Goth. saggws.
1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of
the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect,
etc. "That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of
2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.
The bard that first adorned our native tongue
Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
This subject for heroic song. --Milton.
5. An object of derision; a laughingstock.
And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.
--Job xxx. 9.
6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it
for a song. "The soldier's pay is a song." --Silliman.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Old song, a trifle; nothing of value. "I do not intend to
be thus put off with an old song." --Dr. H. More.
Song bird (Zool.), any singing bird; one of the Oscines.
Song sparrow (Zool.), a very common North American sparrow
(Melospiza fasciata, or Melospiza melodia) noted for
the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is
covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in
Song thrush (Zool.), a common European thrush (Turdus
musicus), noted for its melodius song; -- called also
mavis, throstle, and thrasher.
Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn;
descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: small songbird common in North America [syn: song
sparrow, Melospiza melodia]