rhapsody

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rhapsody an epic poem adapted for recitation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rhapsody (Mus) A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's “Hungarian Rhapsodies .”
    • Rhapsody A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition. "A rhapsody of words.""A rhapsody of tales."
    • Rhapsody A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rhapsody The recitation of epic poetry; hence, a short epic poem, or such a part of a longer epic as could be recited at one time: as, the Homeric rhapsodies.
    • n rhapsody The exaggerated expression of real or affected feeling or enthusiasm; an outburst of extravagant admiration or regard; especially, a poetic composition marked rather by exaggerated sentiment or fancy than by sober, connected thought.
    • n rhapsody In music, an instrumental composition in irregular form, somewhat like a caprice, impromptu, or improvisation, though properly more important: as, Liszt's Hungarian rhapsodies.
    • n rhapsody Any rambling composition; a cento; hence, a medley; a jumble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rhapsody any wild unconnected composition: a part of an epic poem for recitation at one time: a jumble:
    • Rhapsody (mus.) composition irregular in form
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rhapsodie, L. rhapsodia, Gr. "rapsw,di`a, fr. "rapsw,do`s a rhapsodist; "ra`ptein to sew, stitch together, unite + 'w,dh` a song. See Ode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L.,—Gr. rhapsōdia, rhaptein, to sew, ōdē, a song.

Usage

In literature:

And then he clasped her to his honest heart in an ecstasy of love and went off into the most extravagant rhapsodies about his happiness.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Your rhapsody, happy or not, will it not awaken the suspicions of De Chemerant?
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
And after that he drifted into a lover's rhapsody of his own inferiority and unworthiness.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The knife of the Socialist is sheathed in vain; no rhapsody can overturn its impassioned teachings.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
Reminds me of Monsieur's master musician playing a rhapsody in the dark, d'you remember?
"Wings of the Wind" by Credo Harris
Rhapsodies have been penned about the simple candour of children, the unmeasured frankness of boys.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
Thirdly, it has the character, to no small extent, not only of a rhapsody, but of a rhapsody of which the elements are heterogeneous.
"The Ethnology of the British Islands" by Robert Gordon Latham
You may perhaps have thought my last three or four letters mere rhapsodies.
"Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne" by John Ruskin
But he had a rhapsody on Dawn all worked up that he wanted to run in, this week.
"The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted" by Katharine Ellis Barrett
It is thus they overcome all the difficulties which the good sense of a few opposes to their rhapsodies.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
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In poetry:

Resign the rhapsody, the dream,
To men of larger reach;
Be ours the quest of a plain theme,
The piety of speech.
"To The Muse" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Outside a bird upon a tree
Pours forth a rippling rhapsody,
He sings with ever varying skill,
Then sunset dies and he is still.
"Peace." by R S Ward
Mournful murmurer—whence thy music?
Singing chimes of distant seas!
Constant harper!—bard in exile,
Come! translate thy rhapsodies!
"The Sea Shell On The Desert" by Ernest Jones
I greeted youthful Spring, I greeted vernal youth
and opened eager eyes to see
how life would come to me, beautiful and smooth,
amid a joyous rhapsody.
"A Youth" by Hristo Smirnenski
Gently and very slowly swayed.
The wind a wordless rhapsody
Sings--and the shimm'ring air doth braid
An aureole of filigree
Round every disk with emerald laid.
"The Gardens" by Emile Verhaeren
Realized here in actual operation
are all the hopes the poet once expressed
writing his Rural Cantos for our nation,
his rhapsody of farm life at its best.
Oh sunbright lass! behold the hero faring
home to the farm, with triumph in his bearing!
"The Lay of Hulda" by Jonas Hallgrimsson

In news:

Busted Drunk Serenades Cop with Queen's ' Bohemian Rhapsody.
Arrested Guy Singing " Bohemian Rhapsody".
Drunk guy in police car sings ' Bohemian Rhapsody' (video).
Drunk Guy Sings Bohemian Rhapsody.
A witty " Passover Rhapsody".
And start humming Bohemian Rhapsody.
Drunk Man Sings Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' from Police Car .
Hear the track Tony Kanal called 'our 'Bohemian Rhapsody.
Hungarian Rhapsody #2 (orchestral version) in d. Festmusik der Stadt Wien.
This family does Queen 's 'Rhapsody' complete with harmonies and everything.
(1) A subscription-based online music service from Rhapsody International (www. rhapsody .com) that gives users unlimited access to a huge library of major and independent label music.
The amazing Rhapsody Playbeds and Indoor playsets are the stuff that kids – and adults – dream of.
Rhapsody Offers iPhone Users Offline Listening.
Rob Reid is the guy who invented Rhapsody , the music streaming service thing you may have heard about.
Subway Riders Break Out In 'Bohemian Rhapsody ' Sing-A-Long.
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In science:

The modern idea of self-similarity is best described by the following quote from On Poetry: a Rhapsody by Jonathan Swift (1733)1: So, naturalists observe, a flea Has smaller fleas that on him prey; And these have smaller still to bite ’em, And so proceed ad infinitum.
Self-similarity and random walks
As an amateur piano player, I find that a piano, can own such a variety of voices, from the soft and sweet ones in Mozart’s sonatas, to the strongest and brightest in Chopin’s Polonaises or Liszt’s Rhapsodies.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
The components of the BSCU are implemented using Matlab/Simulink and sequence diagram-based test cases and the system architecture of the BSCU are modeled using IBM Rational Rhapsody.
Sequence Diagram Test Case Specification and Virtual Integration Analysis using Timed-Arc Petri Nets
For the virtual integration, we developed a prototype which is able to export the necessary information from Rhapsody.
Sequence Diagram Test Case Specification and Virtual Integration Analysis using Timed-Arc Petri Nets
We used IBM Rational Rhapsody to specify test cases for this BSCU and developed a prototype to extract the sequence diagram-based specifications.
Sequence Diagram Test Case Specification and Virtual Integration Analysis using Timed-Arc Petri Nets
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