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NOUN (3)

1. 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;

2. a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade;

3. 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;
[syn: harmonica, mouth organ, harp, mouth harp]


VERB (2)

1. come back to;
- Example: "Don't dwell on the past"
- Example: "She is always harping on the same old things"
[syn: harp, dwell]

2. play the harp;
- Example: "She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Harp \Harp\, v. t. 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. [1913 Webster] Thou 'st harped my fear aright. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Harp \Harp\ (h[aum]rp), n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D. harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.] 1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers. [1913 Webster] 2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre. [1913 Webster] 3. A grain sieve. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] Aeolian harp. See under Aeolian. [1913 Webster] Harp seal (Zool.), an arctic seal (Phoca Gr[oe]nlandica). The adult males have a light-colored body, with a harp-shaped mark of black on each side, and the face and throat black. Called also saddler, and saddleback. The immature ones are called bluesides; their fur is white, and they are killed and skinned to harvest the fur. Harp shell (Zool.), a beautiful marine gastropod shell of the genus Harpa, of several species, found in tropical seas. See Harpa. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Harp \Harp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Harped (h[aum]rpt) p. pr. & vb. n. Harping.] [AS. hearpian. See Harp, n.] 1. To play on the harp. [1913 Webster] I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps. --Rev. xiv. 2. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. "Harpings upon old themes." --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] Harping on what I am, Not what he knew I was. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To harp on one string, to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

harp n 1: 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 2: a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade 3: 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 [syn: harmonica, mouth organ, harp, mouth harp] v 1: come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things" [syn: harp, dwell] 2: play the harp; "She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

19 Moby Thesaurus words for "harp": French harp, Irish harp, aeolian harp, cithara, clarsach, dulcimer, harmonica, harmonicon, heptachord, hexachord, kazoo, langspiel, lyre, mouth bow, mouth harp, mouth organ, polychord, symphonia, zither
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Harp (Heb. kinnor), the national instrument of the Hebrews. It was invented by Jubal (Gen. 4:21). Some think the word _kinnor_ denotes the whole class of stringed instruments. It was used as an accompaniment to songs of cheerfulness as well as of praise to God (Gen. 31:27; 1 Sam. 16:23; 2 Chr. 20:28; Ps. 33:2; 137:2). In Solomon's time harps were made of almug-trees (1 Kings 10:11, 12). In 1 Chr. 15:21 mention is made of "harps on the Sheminith;" Revised Version, "harps set to the Sheminith;" better perhaps "harps of eight strings." The soothing effect of the music of the harp is referred to 1 Sam. 16:16, 23; 18:10; 19:9. The church in heaven is represented as celebrating the triumphs of the Redeemer "harping with their harps" (Rev. 14:2).