chant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v chant recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm "The rabbi chanted a prayer"
    • v chant utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
    • n chant a repetitive song in which as many syllables as necessary are assigned to a single tone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chant A psalm, etc., arranged for chanting.
    • Chant (Mus) A short and simple melody, divided into two parts by double bars, to which unmetrical psalms, etc., are sung or recited. It is the most ancient form of choral music.
    • Chant Song; melody.
    • Chant To celebrate in song. "The poets chant in the theaters."
    • Chant To make melody with the voice; to sing. "Chant to the sound of the viol."
    • Chant (Mus) To sing or recite after the manner of a chant, or to a tune called a chant.
    • Chant (Mus) To sing, as in reciting a chant.
    • Chant To utter with a melodious voice; to sing. "The cheerful birds . . . do chant sweet music."
    • Chant Twang; manner of speaking; a canting tone. "His strange face, his strange chant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chant To sing; warble; utter with a melodious voice.
    • chant To celebrate in song: as, to chant the praises of Jehovah.
    • chant To sing, as in the church service, in a style between air and recitative. See chant, n.
    • chant To sing; make melody with the voice.
    • chant To sing psalms, canticles, etc., as in the church service, after the manner of a chant.
    • chant To go in full cry: said of hounds.
    • n chant A vocal melody; a song; especially, now, one that is solemn, slow, or monotonous.
    • n chant Specifically— A melody composed in the Ambrosian or Gregorian style, following one of the ecclesiastical modes, having often a note for each syllable, and without a strict rhythmical structure: sometimes called a tone; when used in contrapuntal composition, called a canto fermo. A Gregorian melody, usually of ancient origin, intended to be used with a prose text in several verses, several syllables in each verse being recited or intoned upon a single note. A Gregorian chant of this kind has five parts: the intonation, the first dominant or reciting-note, the mediation, the second dominant or reciting-note, and the ending or cadence. A short composition in seven measures, the first and fourth of which contain but one note, whose time-value may be extended at will so as to accompany several syllables or words, while the remaining measures are sung in strict rhythm: commonly called an Anglican chant, because most extensively used in the services of the Anglican Church for the canticles and the psalms. An Anglican chant consists of two parts, the first of three and the second of four measures; each half begins with a reciting-note and ends with a cadence; the first cadence is also called the mediation. A double chant is equal in length to two typical or single chants, that is, contains fourteen measures, four reciting-notes, etc. The distribution of the words of a text for use with a chant is called pointing (which see). The Anglican chant is probably a modernized form of the Gregorian, without an intonation, having the mediation and cadence made strictly rhythmical, and following the modern ideas of tonality and harmony, Any short composition one or more of whose notes may be extended at will so as to accompany several syllables or words.
    • n chant Formerly also spelled chaunt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Chant chant to sing: to celebrate in song: to recite in a singing manner: to sell horses fraudulently
    • n Chant song: melody: a kind of sacred music, in which prose is sung
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Quotations

  • Emily Dickinson
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    “His Labor is a Chant -- his Idleness -- a Tune -- oh, for a Bee's experience of Clovers, and of Noon!”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chanter, fr. L. cantare, intens. of canere, to sing. Cf. Cant affected speaking, and see Hen

Usage

In literature:

Weak and hopeless, they move across the snows chanting psalms.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The drummers now struck up, chanting at the same time to the beat of the drums.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)" by Sir James George Frazer
And the young man drilled his chorus, wrote cantatas, and arranged chants and hymns.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Our men were singing the chant of victory.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
Twenty odd juvenile voices resumed the choppy, monotonous chant.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
The choir raised a wailing chant for the dead, but the group by the haystack did not move.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The song priest continued his chant.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Ye winds that move over the mighty places of the West, chant his requiem.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
He will recite from the Koran and tell traditions in a chanting voice.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
A host with banners advances, chanting an unfamiliar hymn.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
In Venice the gondoliers know by heart long passages from Ariosto and Tasso, and often chant them with a peculiar melody.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The chant came to an end, but the orchestra persevered.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
To him it seemed half amphibian, half the sounds of a man crying to himself and querulously chanting his sorrows to the general universe.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
The chant of the Imaum rang up from the shore, deep and sonorous, calling on the Faithful to prayer, an hour before midnight.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
The other, breaking off his chant, quite simply put up a gauntleted hand and wiped the moisture away.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
As their monotonous chant rose high, Nazu was rushed to the edge of the pit.
"Creatures of Vibration" by Harl Vincent
There the sacred chanting resounds continually.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
To walk by a lake and hear griefs chant upon neighbouring isles is the chief of the Hundred Dolours.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Very far away, a boy was singing a slow minor chant in a high voice.
"Adam Johnstone's Son" by F. Marion Crawford
Then, bearing the branch conspicuously in his right hand, he advanced and began a slow monotonous chant.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

What, younger, felt
was possible, now knows
is not - but still
not chanted enough -
"Myself" by Robert Creeley
And we are weak as waves
That sink upon the shore;
We go down into graves --
Fate chants the nevermore;
"Inevitable" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Ye cannot unlock your heart,
The key is gone with them;
The silent organ loudest chants
The master's requiem.
"Dirge" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
What though around His throne of fire
The everlasting chant
Be wafted from the seraph choir
In glory jubilant?
"Cathchism" by John Keble
Come here thy soul to tune,
Here set thy feeble chant,
Here, if at all beneath the moon,
Is holy David's haunt.
"The Circumcision Of Christ" by John Keble
Say, doth his ghost remember
Old fights–old revellings,
When the victor-chant re-echoed
In Tara of the Kings?
"The King of Ireland's Cairn" by Anna Johnston MacManus

In news:

Hired picketers carry placards and chant slogans for better wages in downtown Washington.
Hundreds of chanting flight attendants outside Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Wednesday made their warning clear - 'Pay us or chaos.
They chant, hand out apples and ambush delegates - but is anyone listening.
In the locker room of the Bright Football Complex, Texas A&M players were screaming and chanting while spraying each other with water and Gatorade.
Iranian soldiers chant anti-Israeli and anti-US slogans in Tehran on February 1, 2012.
You know, 'Dooo' 'laaa' 'haaan,' and it can almost become a chant.
Christie turns protestor 's chant into anti-Obama tirade.
Protesters hold banners and chant anti-Israel slogans as the Sudanese cabinet holds an emergency session over a factory blast, in Khartoum October 24, 2012.
IT occurs to me as I listen to the shouts of the young protesters in the streets here that they could use most of the chants of the Egyptian protesters verbatim — save for the ones about Suzanne Mubarak, the former first lady of Egypt.
The chants of "Tuuk-ka, Tuuk-ka, Tuuk-ka" had not been heard at TD Garden since April 2.
A protester chants slogans during a protest march to the US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday.
Sayings & Chants of Ridicule .
Hundreds of protesters chanting "Death to America" stormed the US Embassy compound in Sanna, Yemen on Thursday.
Chanting of Kol Nidre will begin Yom Kippur services at 6:15 pm Sept 25.
Every kid has chanted this mantra on the playground at least once.
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In science:

The shaman declares that he must consult with the wind spirits, and then spends a couple of minutes chanting and muttering.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
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