1. a short musical composition with words;
- Example: "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
[syn: song, vocal]
2. a distinctive or characteristic sound;
- Example: "the song of bullets was in the air"
- Example: "the song of the wind"
- Example: "the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead"
3. the act of singing;
- Example: "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
[syn: song, strain]
4. the characteristic sound produced by a bird;
- Example: "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
[syn: birdcall, call, birdsong, song]
5. a very small sum;
- Example: "he bought it for a song"
6. the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy;
[syn: Sung, Sung dynasty, Song, Song dynasty]
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. See Sing.] 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 crickets." --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad. [1913 Webster] 3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem. [1913 Webster] The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse. [1913 Webster] This subject for heroic song. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. An object of derision; a laughingstock. [1913 Webster] And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. --Job xxx. 9. [1913 Webster] 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 the center. Song thrush (Zool.), a common European thrush (Turdus musicus), noted for its melodius song; -- called also mavis, throstle, and thrasher. [1913 Webster] Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
176 Moby Thesaurus words for "song": Brautlied, Christmas carol, English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Kunstlied, Liebeslied, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, Volkslied, ado, air, alba, anacreontic, anthem, aria, art song, aubade, balada, ballad, ballade, ballata, barcarole, bel canto, blues, blues song, boat song, bother, bravura, bridal hymn, brindisi, bucolic, calypso, canso, canticle, canto, cantus, canzone, canzonet, canzonetta, carol, cavatina, chanson, chant, chantey, cheaply, choral singing, clerihew, coloratura, commotion, croon, croon song, crooning, cry, descant, dirge, dithyramb, ditty, drinking song, eclogue, elegy, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, evasion, flap, folk singing, folk song, for a song, fuss, georgic, ghazel, haiku, hum, humming, hymeneal, hymn, idyll, inexpensively, intonation, jingle, lay, lied, lilt, limerick, line, love song, love-lilt, lyric, lyricism, madrigal, matin, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody, minstrel song, minstrelsy, monody, musical thought, narrative poem, national anthem, note, number, nursery rhyme, ode, operatic singing, palinode, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, performance, piece, poem, poesy, poetry, prevarication, prothalamium, refrain, rhyme, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, satire, scat, scat singing, serena, serenade, serenata, sestina, singing, sloka, sol-fa, sol-fa exercise, solfeggio, solmization, solo, solo part, sonnet, sonnet sequence, soprano part, strain, tale, tanka, tenso, tenzone, the supreme fiction, theme song, threnody, to-do, tonic sol-fa, torch song, treble, triolet, troubadour poem, tune, verse, verselet, versicle, villanelle, virelay, vocal music, vocalization, war song, warbling, wedding song, yodel, yodeling