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psalm

 (säm)
n.
1. A sacred song; a hymn.
2. Psalms(used with a sing. verb) See Table at Bible.
tr.v. psalmed, psalm·ing, psalms
To sing of or celebrate in psalms.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos, from psallein, to play the harp; see pāl- in Indo-European roots.]

psalm

(sɑːm)
n
1. (Bible) (often capital) any of the 150 sacred songs, lyric poems, and prayers that together constitute a book (Psalms) of the Old Testament
2. (Bible) a musical setting of one of these poems
3. (Music, other) a musical setting of one of these poems
4. (Music, other) any sacred song or hymn
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) any sacred song or hymn
[Old English, from Late Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos song accompanied on the harp, from psallein to play (the harp)]
ˈpsalmic adj

psalm

(sɑm)

n.
1. a sacred song or hymn.
2. (cap.) any of the songs, hymns, or prayers contained in the Book of Psalms.
[before 900; Middle English s(e)alm(e), Old English ps(e)alm < Late Latin psalmus < Greek psalmós song sung to the harp, derivative of psállein to pluck, play (the harp)]
psalm′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.psalm - one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old TestamentPsalm - one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament; said to have been written by David
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
2.psalm - any sacred song used to praise the deity
religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing - writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity
Verb1.psalm - sing or celebrate in psalms; "He psalms the works of God"
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well"

psalm

noun hymn, carol, chant, paean, song of praise He recited the twenty-third psalm.
Translations
مَزْمور
žalm
salme
psalmiveisatavirsi
zsoltár
sálmur
psalmė
psalms
žalm
ilâhi

psalm

[sɑːm] Nsalmo m

psalm

[ˈsɑːm] npsaume m

psalm

nPsalm m; (the Book of) Psalmsder Psalter; psalm bookPsalmenbuch nt

psalm

[sɑːm] nsalmo

psalm

(saːm) noun
a sacred song, especially one from the Book of Psalms in the Bible.
References in classic literature ?
Higginson, and the outpouring of a psalm from the general throat of the community, was to be made acceptable to the grosser sense by ale, cider, wine, and brandy, in copious effusion, and, as some authorities aver, by an ox, roasted whole, or at least, by the weight and substance of an ox, in more manageable joints and sirloins.
His only resource on such occasions, either to drown thought or drive away evil spirits, was to sing psalm tunes and the good people of Sleepy Hollow, as they sat by their doors of an evening, were often filled with awe at hearing his nasal melody, "in linked sweetness long drawn out," floating from the distant hill, or along the dusky road.
The boy drew his chubby face down to a formidable length, and commenced toning a psalm tune through his nose, with imperturbable gravity.
The clanking of fetters and the rattling of chains in the prison, and the pious psalm and solemn prayer in the church, may be heard at the same time.
I have a little boy, younger than you, who knows six Psalms by heart: and when you ask him which he would rather have, a gingerbread-nut to eat or a verse of a Psalm to learn, he says: 'Oh
But he punished the Amens tremendously; and when he gave out the psalm - always giving the whole verse - he looked all round the congregation first, as much as to say, "You have heard my friend overhead; oblige me with your opinion of this style
A psalm, which he himself accompanied with a deep mellow voice, which age had not deprived of its powers, commenced the proceedings of the day; and the solemn sounds, Venite exultemus Domino, so often sung by the Templars before engaging with earthly adversaries, was judged by Lucas most appropriate to introduce the approaching triumph, for such he deemed it, over the powers of darkness.
Big Klaus put down the sack with Little Klaus in it by the church-door, and thought that he might as well go in and hear a psalm before going on farther.
For this manner of worship they cite the psalm of David, "O clap your hands all ye nations.
The coins abstracted and the missive written, he could not be gone too soon from the scene of these transgressions; and remembering how his father had once returned from church, on some slight illness, in the middle of the second psalm, he durst not even make a packet of a change of clothes.
During the whole day, I was haunted by uncomfortable suspicions, and at night I slept badly, and between my broken dreams I fancied I heard distant sighs like the notes of a funeral psalm.
They were surrounded by men, women, and children, who sang a kind of lugubrious psalm, interrupted at regular intervals by the tambourines and cymbals; while behind them was drawn a car with large wheels, the spokes of which represented serpents entwined with each other.