noun a short musical composition with words
- a successful musical must have at least three good songs
noun a distinctive or characteristic sound
- the song of bullets was in the air
- the song of the wind
- the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead
noun the act of singing
- with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates
noun the characteristic sound produced by a bird
birdcall; call; birdsong.
- a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age
noun a very small sum
noun the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy
Sung dynasty; Sung; Song dynasty.
, fr. singan
to sing; akin to D. zang
, G. sang
, Icel. söngr
, Goeth. sagws
. See Sing
- That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc. "That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets."
- A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
- More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.
The bard that first adorned our native tongue
Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
- Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
This subject for heroic song.
- An object of derision; a laughingstock.
And now am I their song. yea, I am their byword.
Job xxx. 9.
- A trifle. "The soldier's pay is a song."
Syn. -- Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.
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