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Harp vs. Lyre

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Harpnoun

(musical instrument) A musical instrument consisting of a body and a curved neck, strung with strings of varying length that are stroked or plucked with the fingers and are vertical to the soundboard when viewed from the end of the body

Lyrenoun

(musical instrument) An ancient stringed musical instrument (a yoke lute chordophone) of Greek origin, consisting of two arms extending from a body to a crossbar (a yoke), and strings, parallel to the soundboard, connecting the body to the yoke.

Harpnoun

Any instrument of the same musicological type.

Lyrenoun

Any instrument of the same musicological classification; any yoke lute.

Harpnoun

(colloquial) A harmonica.

Lyrenoun

A lyre-shaped sheet music holder that attaches to a wind instrument when a music stand is impractical.

Harpnoun

(Scotland) A grain sieve.

Lyrenoun

(obsolete) A composer of lyric poetry.

Harpnoun

(heraldry) A heraldic representation of the musical instrument used as a charge, as in the arms of Ireland.

Lyrenoun

A stringed instrument of music; a kind of harp much used by the ancients, as an accompaniment to poetry.

Harpverb

To repeatedly mention a subject.

Lyrenoun

One of the constellations; Lyra. See Lyra.

Harpverb

(transitive) To play on a harp or similar instrument

Lyrenoun

a harp used by ancient Greeks for accompaniment

Harpverb

(transitive) To play (a tune) on the harp.

Lyrenoun

a stringed instrument like a small U-shaped harp with strings fixed to a crossbar, used especially in ancient Greece. Modern instruments of this type are found mainly in East Africa.

Harpverb

(transitive) To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.

Harpnoun

A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers.

Harpnoun

A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.

Harpnoun

A grain sieve.

Harpverb

To play on the harp.

‘I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps.’;

Harpverb

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.

‘Harping on what I am,Not what he knew I was.’;

Harpverb

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.

‘Thou 'st harped my fear aright.’;

Harpnoun

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

Harpnoun

a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade

Harpnoun

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

Harpverb

come back to;

‘Don't dwell on the past’; ‘She is always harping on the same old things’;

Harpverb

play the harp;

‘She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully’;

Harpnoun

a musical instrument consisting of a frame supporting a graduated series of parallel strings, played by plucking with the fingers. The modern orchestral harp has an upright frame, with pedals which enable the strings to be retuned to different keys.

Harpnoun

another term for harmonica

‘Papa had been teaching him to play the blues harp’;

Harpnoun

a marine mollusc which has a large vertically ribbed shell with a wide aperture, found chiefly in the Indo-Pacific.

Harpverb

talk or write persistently and tediously on (a particular topic)

‘I don't want to harp on about the past’; ‘you need to stop harping on her age’;

Harpverb

play on a harp

‘among them harped the divine minstrel Demodocus’;

Harp

The harp is a stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard; the strings are plucked with the fingers. Harps can be made and played in various ways, including standing or sitting and in orchestras or concerts.

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