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harp

H`ARP, n.

1. An instrument of music of the stringed kind, of a triangular figure, held upright and commonly touched with the fingers.

2. A constellation.

H`ARP, v.i. To play on the harp.

I heard the voice of harpers,harping with their harps. Rev.14.

1. To dwell on, in speaking or writing; to continue sounding.

He seems

Proud and disdainful,harping on what I am--

Not what he knew I was.

2. To touch as a passion; to affect.



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H`ARP, n.

1. An instrument of music of the stringed kind, of a triangular figure, held upright and commonly touched with the fingers.

2. A constellation.

H`ARP, v.i. To play on the harp.

I heard the voice of harpers,harping with their harps. Rev.14.

1. To dwell on, in speaking or writing; to continue sounding.

He seems

Proud and disdainful,harping on what I am--

Not what he knew I was.

2. To touch as a passion; to affect.

HARP, n. [Sax. hearpa; G. harfe; D. harp; Sw. harpa; Dan. harpe; Fr. harpe; It. Sp. and Port. arpa.]

  1. An instrument of music of the stringed kind, of a triangular figure, held upright and commonly touched with the fingers. Encyc. Johnson.
  2. A constellation. Creech.

HARP, v.i.

  1. To play on the harp. I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps. Rev. xiv.
  2. To dwell on, in speaking or writing; to continue sounding. He seems Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am – / Not what he knew I was. Shak.
  3. To touch as a passion; to affect. Shak.

Harp
  1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers.
  2. To play on the harp.

    I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps. Rev. xiv. 2.

  3. 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. Shak.

  4. A constellation] Lyra, or the Lyre.
  5. 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.
    Shak.

    To harp on one string, to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Colloq.]

  6. A grain sieve.

    [Scot.]

    Æolian harp. See under Æolian.

    Harp seal (Zoöl.), an arctic seal (Phoca Grœnlandica). 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 (Zoöl.), a beautiful marine gastropod shell of the genus Harpa, of several species, found in tropical seas. See Harpa.

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Harp

H'ARP, noun

1. An instrument of music of the stringed kind, of a triangular figure, held upright and commonly touched with the fingers.

2. A constellation.

H'ARP, verb intransitive To play on the harp

I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps. Revelation 14:2.

1. To dwell on, in speaking or writing; to continue sounding.

He seems

Proud and disdainful, harping on what I am--

Not what he knew I was.

2. To touch as a passion; to affect.

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