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harp

 (härp)
n.
1. Music
a. An instrument having an upright triangular frame consisting of a pillar, a curved neck, and a hollow back containing the sounding board, with usually 46 or 47 strings of graded lengths that are played by plucking with the fingers.
b. Any of various ancient and modern instruments of similar or U-shaped design.
c. Informal A harmonica.
2. Something, such as a pair of vertical supports for a lampshade, that resembles a harp.
intr.v. harped, harp·ing, harps
To play a harp.
Phrasal Verb:
harp on
To talk or write about to an excessive and tedious degree; dwell on.

[Middle English, from Old English hearpe and from Old French harpe, of Germanic origin.]

harp′er n.
harp′ist n.

harp

(hɑːp)
n
1. (Instruments) a large triangular plucked stringed instrument consisting of a soundboard connected to an upright pillar by means of a curved crossbar from which the strings extend downwards. The strings are tuned diatonically and may be raised in pitch either one or two semitones by the use of pedals (double-action harp). Basic key: B major; range: nearly seven octaves
2. something resembling this, esp in shape
3. (Instruments) an informal name (esp in pop music) for harmonica
vb
4. (Instruments) (intr) to play the harp
5. (tr) archaic to speak; utter; express
6. (intr; foll by on or upon) to speak or write in a persistent and tedious manner
[Old English hearpe; related to Old Norse harpa, Old High German harfa, Latin corbis basket, Russian korobit to warp]
ˈharper, ˈharpist n

harp

(hɑrp)

n.
1. a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame formed by a soundbox, a pillar, and a curved neck, and having strings stretched between the soundbox and the neck that are plucked with the fingers.
2. a harp-shaped implement or device.
3. a vertical metal frame shaped to bend around the bulb in a standing lamp and used to support a lamp shade.
v.i.
4. to play on a harp.
5. harp on or upon, to repeat interminably and tediously.
[before 900; Middle English harpe, Old English hearpe, c. Old Saxon, Old Norse harpa, Old High German harfa]
harp′er, n.

harp


Past participle: harped
Gerund: harping

Imperative
harp
harp
Present
I harp
you harp
he/she/it harps
we harp
you harp
they harp
Preterite
I harped
you harped
he/she/it harped
we harped
you harped
they harped
Present Continuous
I am harping
you are harping
he/she/it is harping
we are harping
you are harping
they are harping
Present Perfect
I have harped
you have harped
he/she/it has harped
we have harped
you have harped
they have harped
Past Continuous
I was harping
you were harping
he/she/it was harping
we were harping
you were harping
they were harping
Past Perfect
I had harped
you had harped
he/she/it had harped
we had harped
you had harped
they had harped
Future
I will harp
you will harp
he/she/it will harp
we will harp
you will harp
they will harp
Future Perfect
I will have harped
you will have harped
he/she/it will have harped
we will have harped
you will have harped
they will have harped
Future Continuous
I will be harping
you will be harping
he/she/it will be harping
we will be harping
you will be harping
they will be harping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been harping
you have been harping
he/she/it has been harping
we have been harping
you have been harping
they have been harping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been harping
you will have been harping
he/she/it will have been harping
we will have been harping
you will have been harping
they will have been harping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been harping
you had been harping
he/she/it had been harping
we had been harping
you had been harping
they had been harping
Conditional
I would harp
you would harp
he/she/it would harp
we would harp
you would harp
they would harp
Past Conditional
I would have harped
you would have harped
he/she/it would have harped
we would have harped
you would have harped
they would have harped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harp - a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neckharp - 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
aeolian harp, aeolian lyre, wind harp - a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them
chordophone - a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
lyre - a harp used by ancient Greeks for accompaniment
2.harp - a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
support - any device that bears the weight of another thing; "there was no place to attach supports for a shelf"
3.harp - a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired holeharp - 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
free-reed instrument - a wind instrument with a free reed
Verb1.harp - come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things"
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell - to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
2.harp - play the harp; "She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
play - perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
Translations
قِيثارقيثارَه
harfa
harpe
harppujankuttaa
harfa
hárfa
harpa
ハープ
하프
arfaarfininkaskalbėti vieną ir tą patį
arfa
harfă
harfa
harfa
harpa
พิณตั้ง
arpharp
đàn hạc

harp

[hɑːp] Narpa f
harp on VI + ADV to harp on (about)estar siempre con la misma historia (de), machacar (sobre)
stop harping on!¡no machaques!, ¡corta el rollo!

harp

[ˈhɑːrp]
nharpe f
harp on
vi
to harp on about sth → parler tout le temps de qch

harp

nHarfe f

harp

[hɑːp] narpa
harp on vi + adv (fam) to harp on (about)continuare a menarla (con)

harp

(haːp) noun
a usually large musical instrument which is held upright, and which has many strings which are plucked with the fingers.
ˈharpist noun
harp on (about)
to keep on talking about. He's forever harping on (about his low wages); She keeps harping on his faults.

harp

قِيثار harfa harpe Harfe άρπα arpa harppu harpe harfa arpa ハープ 하프 harp harpe harfa harpa арфа harpa พิณตั้ง harp đàn hạc 竖琴
References in classic literature ?
Germaine," she went on, when Peter had departed on his singular errand, "or that you are likely to see the sort of harp to which you are accustomed, as a man of the modern time.
But he could not; he had a harp and he often tried to play on it; but his clumsy fingers only made such discord that his companions laughed at him and mocked him, and called him a madman because he would not give it up, but would rather sit apart by himself, with his arms about his harp, looking up into the sky, while they gathered around their fire and told tales to wile away their long night vigils as they watched their sheep on the hills.
He seemed to be a strolling minstrel, for he bore a harp in his hand, which he thrummed, while his lusty tenor voice rang out with--
Vanni gave the signal, and the harp struck up `Home, Sweet Home,' all Black Hawk knew it was ten o'clock.
Notwithstanding the prescription of the genial hermit, with which his guest willingly complied, he found it no easy matter to bring the harp to harmony.
Then in what sort of partnership is the just man a better partner than the harp-player, as in playing the harp the harp-player is certainly a better partner than the just man?
Bertram," said she, "I have tidings of my harp at last.
In the other he held a harp of a pattern which I had hitherto only seen in pictures.
Kwaque possessed a jews' harp, and, whenever the world of the Makambo and the servitude to the steward grew wearisome, he could transport himself to King William Island by thrusting the primitive instrument between his jaws and fanning weird rhythms from it with his hand, and when he thus crossed space and time, Michael sang-- or howled, rather, though his howl possessed the same soft mellowness as Jerry's.
Or they learn in godly-gay style to play the harp with a hymn-poet, who would fain harp himself into the heart of young girls:--for he hath tired of old girls and their praises.
ON a certain evening in the month of September (at that period of the month when Arnold and Blanche were traveling back from Baden to Ham Farm) an ancient man--with one eye filmy and blind, and one eye moist and merry--sat alone in the pantry of the Harp of Scotland Inn, Perth, pounding the sugar softly in a glass of whisky-punch.
At the upper end of the room, seated in a shady bower of holly and evergreens were the two best fiddlers, and the only harp, in all Muggleton.