noun 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
noun a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work
- it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme
noun (music) melodic subject of a musical composition
melodic theme; musical theme; idea.
- the theme is announced in the first measures
- the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it
noun an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
report; paper; composition.
- he got an A on his composition
noun (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
root word; radical; stem; base; root.
- thematic vowels are part of the stem
verb provide with a particular theme or motive
- the restaurant often themes its menus
, OF. teme
, F. thème
, L. thema
, Gr. , fr. to set, place. See Do
, and cf. Thesis
- A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.
My theme is alway one and ever was.
And when a soldier was the theme, my name
Was not far off.
- Discourse on a certain subject.
Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme.
It was the subject of my theme.
- A composition or essay required of a pupil.
- (Gram.) A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem.
- That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument. Obs.
- (Mus.) The leading subject of a composition or a movement.
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