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theme

 (thēm)
n.
1. A topic of discourse or discussion. See Synonyms at subject.
2. A subject of artistic representation.
3. An implicit or recurrent idea; a motif: a party with a tropical island theme.
4. A short composition assigned to a student as a writing exercise.
5. Music A recurring melodic element in a composition, especially a melody forming the basis of a set of variations.
6. Linguistics
a. See topic.
b. A stem.

[Middle English teme, theme, from Old French tesme, from Latin thema, from Greek; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

theme′less adj.

theme

(θiːm)
n
1. an idea or topic expanded in a discourse, discussion, etc
2. (in literature, music, art, etc) a unifying idea, image, or motif, repeated or developed throughout a work
3. (Music, other) music a group of notes forming a recognizable melodic unit, often used as the basis of the musical material in a composition
4. (Education) a short essay, esp one set as an exercise for a student
5. (Grammar) linguistics the first major constituent of a sentence, usually but not necessarily the subject. In the sentence history I do like, "history" is the theme of the sentence, even though it is the object of the verb
6. (Linguistics) grammar another word for root19, stem19
7. (Historical Terms) (in the Byzantine Empire) a territorial unit consisting of several provinces under a military commander
8. (modifier) planned or designed round one unifying subject, image, etc: a theme holiday.
vb
(tr) to design, decorate, arrange, etc, in accordance with a theme
[C13: from Latin thema, from Greek: deposit, from tithenai to lay down]
ˈthemeless adj

theme

(θim)

n.
1. a subject of discourse, discussion, meditation, or composition; topic.
2. a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc., as in a work of art.
3. a short, informal essay, esp. a school composition.
4.
a. a principal melodic subject in a musical composition.
b. a short melodic subject from which variations are developed.
[1250–1300; Middle English teme, theme (< Old French teme) < Medieval Latin thema, Latin < Greek théma proposition, deposit =(ti)thé(nai) to put, set down + -ma resultative n. suffix]
syn: See subject.

theme


Past participle: themed
Gerund: theming

Imperative
theme
theme
Present
I theme
you theme
he/she/it themes
we theme
you theme
they theme
Preterite
I themed
you themed
he/she/it themed
we themed
you themed
they themed
Present Continuous
I am theming
you are theming
he/she/it is theming
we are theming
you are theming
they are theming
Present Perfect
I have themed
you have themed
he/she/it has themed
we have themed
you have themed
they have themed
Past Continuous
I was theming
you were theming
he/she/it was theming
we were theming
you were theming
they were theming
Past Perfect
I had themed
you had themed
he/she/it had themed
we had themed
you had themed
they had themed
Future
I will theme
you will theme
he/she/it will theme
we will theme
you will theme
they will theme
Future Perfect
I will have themed
you will have themed
he/she/it will have themed
we will have themed
you will have themed
they will have themed
Future Continuous
I will be theming
you will be theming
he/she/it will be theming
we will be theming
you will be theming
they will be theming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been theming
you have been theming
he/she/it has been theming
we have been theming
you have been theming
they have been theming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been theming
you will have been theming
he/she/it will have been theming
we will have been theming
you will have been theming
they will have been theming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been theming
you had been theming
he/she/it had been theming
we had been theming
you had been theming
they had been theming
Conditional
I would theme
you would theme
he/she/it would theme
we would theme
you would theme
they would theme
Past Conditional
I would have themed
you would have themed
he/she/it would have themed
we would have themed
you would have themed
they would have themed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.theme - the subject matter of a conversation or discussiontheme - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
bone of contention - the subject of a dispute; "the real bone of contention, as you know, is money"
precedent - a subject mentioned earlier (preceding in time)
question, head - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
keynote - the principal theme in a speech or literary work
2.theme - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
topos - a traditional theme or motif or literary convention; "James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses"
3.theme - (music) melodic subject of a musical compositiontheme - (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, tune, strain, air, line - a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
motif, motive - a theme that is repeated or elaborated in a piece of music
statement - (music) the presentation of a musical theme; "the initial statement of the sonata"
variation - a repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
4.theme - an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition"
essay - an analytic or interpretive literary composition
term paper - a composition intended to indicate a student's progress during a school term
5.theme - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
descriptor, form, signifier, word form - the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
Verb1.theme - provide with a particular theme or motive; "the restaurant often themes its menus"
furnish, provide, supply, render - give something useful or necessary to; "We provided the room with an electrical heater"

theme

noun
1. motif, leitmotif, recurrent image, unifying idea The need to strengthen the family has become a recurrent theme.
2. subject, idea, topic, matter, argument, text, burden, essence, thesis, subject matter, keynote, gist The novel's central theme is the conflict between men and women.

theme

noun
1. What a speech, piece of writing, or artistic work is about:
2. A relatively brief discourse written especially as an exercise:
3. The main part of a word to which affixes are attached:
Translations
فِكْرَة موسيقِيَّه مُتَكَرِّرَهمَوْضُوعمَوضوع البَحْث
témanámět
temaemne
teema
tema
stefumræîuefni
テーマ
주제
tēmatemats
esejtema
tema
หัวข้อ
chủ đề

theme

[θiːm]
A. N (gen) → tema m
B. CPD theme park Nparque m de atracciones temático
theme song Ntema m musical
theme tune N he was humming the theme tune of James Bondtarareaba la música de James Bond

theme

[ˈθiːm]
n
[book, article, talk, discussion] → thème m, sujet m
[artist, author] → thème m
(= recurring melody) → thème m
modif [bar, restaurant, night] → à thème

theme

n
(= subject)Thema nt
(US Sch: = essay) → Aufsatz m
(Mus) → Thema nt; (Film, TV) → Thema nt, → Melodie f(from aus)

theme

:
theme evening
n (TV etc) → Themenabend m
theme music
n (Film) → Titelmusik f; (TV) → Erkennungsmelodie f
theme park
nThemenpark m
theme party
nMottoparty f (Party, die unter einem bestimmten Motto steht)
theme pub
n (Brit) Lokal, das einem bestimmten Thema entsprechend ausgestattet ist, → Themenkneipe f
theme restaurant
nerlebnisgastronomisches Restaurant, Themenrestaurant nt
theme song
n (Film) → Titelsong m; (TV) → Erkennungssong m; (of opera)Leitmotiv nt
theme tune
n = theme music

theme

[θiːm] n (of speech, argument) → tema m, argomento (Mus) → tema

theme

(θiːm) noun
1. the subject of a discussion, essay etc. The theme for tonight's talk is education.
2. in a piece of music, the main melody, which may be repeated often.

theme

مَوْضُوع téma tema Thema κεντρική ιδέα tema teema thème tema tema テーマ 주제 thema tema temat tema тема tema หัวข้อ konu chủ đề 主题
References in classic literature ?
From his mighty bulk the whale affords a most congenial theme whereon to enlarge, amplify, and generally expatiate.
The earth's great axis spinning on, The never-resting pole of sky -- Let us resolve their Whence and Why, And blend with all things into One; Beyond the bounds of thought and dream, Circling the vasty void as spheres Whose orbits round a thousand years: Behold the Key that fits my theme.
THE main purpose of this story is to appeal to the reader's interest in a subject which has been the theme of some of the greatest writers, living and dead -- but which has never been, and can never be, exhausted, because it is a subject eternally interesting to all mankind.
One of my pieces, which fell so far short of my visionary performances as to treat of the lowly and familiar theme of Spring, was the first thing I ever had in print.
Very often a definite theme may be found about which the whole work centers, as for instance in 'Macbeth,' The Ruin of a Man through Yielding to Evil.
Indeed I do; nor can I imagine any theme about which a man of sense would oftener wish to converse.
As I once more got under way, my thoughts slowly loitered back to the theme which had been occupying them before I dropped asleep.
Rochester has to do with the theme you had introduced.
The Eastern tale-teller has for his theme the disguised expeditions of Haroun Alraschid with his faithful attendants, Mesrour and Giafar, through the midnight streets of Bagdad; and Scottish tradition dwells upon the similar exploits of James V.
Our present theme, however, has regard only to its manifestation in words.
As for the plot, it came originally from Sicily; but of Athenian writers Crates was the first who, abandoning the 'iambic' or lampooning form, generalised his themes and plots.
If they continued to sing like their great predecessor of romantic themes, they were drawn as by a kind of magnetic attraction into the Homeric style and manner of treatment, and became mere echoes of the Homeric voice: in a word, Homer had so completely exhausted the epic genre, that after him further efforts were doomed to be merely conventional.