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Meaning of HARP

Pronunciation:  hârp

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [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
  3. [n]  a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
  4. [v]  come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"
  5. [v]  play the harp

HARP is a 4 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: dwell, harmonica, mouth harp, mouth organ
 See Also: aeolian harp, aeolian lyre, chordophone, free-reed instrument, ingeminate, iterate, lyre, pick off, play, pluck, pull off, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell, support, tweak, wind harp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Harp\, 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.
    2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.
    3. A grain sieve. [Scot.]
    {[AE]olian harp}. See under {[AE]olian}.
    {Harp seal} (Zo["o]l.), 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}.
    {Harp shell} (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful marine gastropod shell
       of the genus {Harpa}, of several species, found in
       tropical seas. See {Harpa}.
  2. \Harp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Harped}p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Harping}.] [AS. hearpian. See {Harp}, n.]
    1. To play on the harp.
             I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their
             harps.                                --Rev. xiv. 2.
    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.
             Harping on what I am, Not what he knew I was.
    {To harp on one string}, to dwell upon one subject with
       disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Collog.]
  3. \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.
          Thou 'harped my fear aright.             --Shak.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing or playing a harp in your dream, represents spiritual harmony. It is a healing symbol.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(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).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: aeolian harp, cithara, clarsach, dulcimer, French harp, harmonica, harmonicon, heptachord, hexachord, Irish harp, kazoo, langspiel, lyre, mouth bow, mouth harp, mouth organ, polychord, symphonia, zither