song

Definitions

  • a Flock of Goats and the Song Of A Goatherd
    a Flock of Goats and the Song Of A Goatherd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n song the act of singing "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
    • n song the characteristic sound produced by a bird "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
    • n song a short musical composition with words "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
    • n song 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"
    • n Song the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy
    • n song a very small sum "he bought it for a song"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE
Ye Song of Sixpence music Ye Song of Sixpence music
THE STAY-AT-HOMES WHO WROTE WAR-SONGS THE STAY-AT-HOMES WHO WROTE WAR-SONGS
Julia sings her song into the shell Julia sings her song into the shell
Alonzo listens to the song in the shell Alonzo listens to the song in the shell
Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired Miss Velvet-Purr sings a song, which is much admired
THE ENDLESS SONG THE ENDLESS SONG
SONG SPARROW SONG SPARROW

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters is "Sweet Georgia Brown."
    • Song A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
    • Song A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song . "The soldier's pay is a song ."
    • Song An object of derision; a laughingstock. "And now am I their song , yea, I am their byword."
    • Song More generally, any poetical strain; a poem. "The bard that first adorned our native tongue
      Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song ."
    • Song Poetical composition; poetry; verse. "This subject for heroic song ."
    • Song 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In April 1964, The Beatles had the top five songs in the United States. This is the only time that the top five songs at any one time were by the same group.
    • n song Singing; vocal music in general; utterance in tones of musical quality and succession, with or without words: opposed to speech and to instrumental music.
    • n song The musical cry of some birds (see singing bird, under sing) and, by extension, of some other animals.
    • n song A short poem intended for singing, or set to music; a ballad or lyric. A song is properly distinguished by brevity, free use of rhythmic accent and rime, more or less division into stanzas or strophes, often with a refrain or burden, comparative directness and simplicity of sentiment, and a decidedly lyrical manner throughout.
    • n song A particular melody or musical setting for such a poem, for either one or several voices (in the latter case usually called a part-song or glee). Songs are generally written in song form, but are often irregular also. They usually contain but a single movement, and have an accompaniment of a varying amount of elaboration. They are classified as folk-songs, which spring up more or less unconsciously among the common people, or art-songs, which are deliberately composed by musicians (see lied); as strophic, when made up of a movement repeated for the several strophes, or composed through, when the music varies with the successive strophes; or they are named by reference to their general subject or style, as rustic, patriotic, national, martial, naval, nuptial, hunting, bacchanalian, etc.
    • n song Poetry; poetical composition; verse.
    • n song A more trifle; something of little or no value: as, I bought it for a song.
    • n song A Middle English preterit of sing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Beatles' 1st song to hit the UK charts was "From Me to You" in June, 1963.
    • n Song song that which is sung: a short poem or ballad, adapted for singing, or set to music: the melody to which it is adapted: a poem, or poetry in general: the notes of birds: a mere trifle:
    • Song song (Spens.) pa.t. of sing.
    • n Song song (B.) an object of derision
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Quotations

  • Harry Belafonte
    Harry Belafonte
    “You can cage the singer but not the song.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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    “'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends.”
  • Bruce Lee
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    “The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead -- big possibilities. Like the song says, We've just begun.”
  • Maya Angelou
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    “My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.”
  • George Jellinek
    George Jellinek
    “The history of a people is found in its songs.”

Idioms

For a song - If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.
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Make a song and dance - (UK) If someone makes a song and dance, they make an unecessary fuss about something unimportant.
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Swan song - A swan song is a final act before dying or ending something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. song, sang, fr. singan, to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. söngr, Goth. saggws,. See Sing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sangsingan, to sing; Dut. zang, Ger. gesang, Goth. saggws, Ice. söngr.

Usage

In literature:

It makes its home near the house, and its glad song can be heard throughout the whole day.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
And try as he would, he could not keep just a hint of sadness out of his good-night song.
"The Tale of Jolly Robin" by Arthur Scott Bailey
No sooner had they finished than the students began their song.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
They used to call him "Auld Robin Gray," after the song, and he lived and died alone.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
He found the secret of the whispering wind, and the song of the brook.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
While passing near the tower he heard such a lovely song that he could not help stopping to listen.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
That song has since become one of the most beloved Christmas songs in the Danish language.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
Song after song was called for.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The men on them sang the weirdest songs as they pulled all together at the ropes.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
The songs you sing can be proud songs!
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
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In poetry:

I had no song so wise and sweet,
As birthday songs, dear friend, should be.
Silent, among a hundred guests,
I only prayed for thee.
"To O.W.H." by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The songs are sweet they sing beneath
The trees of life so fair,
But sweetest of the songs of heaven
Shall be her children's prayer.
"The Sisters - A Picture" by John Greenleaf Whittier
They sing the songs of all the earth,
Of tender sky, and dimpling sea,
But all their strains have not the worth
Of one Australian song, for me.
"Come, Sing Australian songs to me!" by John O Brien
Child or boy, my darling, which you will,
Still your praise finds heart and song employ,
Heart and song both yearning toward you still,
Child or boy.
"Not A Child" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Silence instead of thy sweet song, my bird,
Which through the darkness of my winter days
Warbling of summer sunshine still was heard;
Mute is thy song, and vacant is thy place.
"Lament Of A Mocking-Bird" by Frances Anne Kemble
Lord of power, Lord of might;
God and Father of us all;
Lord of day, and Lord of night,
Listen to our solemn call:
Listen, whilst to Thee we raise
Songs of prayer, and songs of praise.
"Lord of Power, Lord of Might" by Godfrey Thring

In news:

Songs about whiskey, songs about wine.
Paul McCartney, 'The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire )' – Song Premiere.
If you caught the Big D and Bubba show this morning, you heard the guys playing country songs that originally were pop or rock songs.
Here's a clip of their song Sad Song.
Taylor Swift sat in at tonight's 2011 CMA Awards to deliver a solo acoustic performance of ' Ours ,' pretty much confirming the rumors that the song from her 'Speak Now' song list is likely her new single.
The song is the first song release from their new album 'Transit of Venus' which will be available on October 2nd.
Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" programming, links to the artist's websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums.
OFF-TOPIC: Blues-rocker George Thorogood gives song-by-song thoughts on biggest hits.
The song remains the same, but the way people hear that song is changing by the minute.
Silent Night ALBUM: Songs 4 (2001) Last 200 Songs.
His song "Some­body That I Used To Know" is the #1 song on the US Charts right now.
Herman Vaudeville, youtubeIf you listen to the radio at all this sumer the one song that was always on is Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe" song.
You know a song is popular when there are parody 's of it, and there were a lot of this song, our favorite version really tugs at the heart.
The deadline for you to submit the list of your Top 10 Favorite Rock Songs, for submission into the XPN 885 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time Countdown is this Friday XPN will playback those songs in the fall.
Many of the songs picked for the big debut of the drama series are currently-charting songs, but some of those featured you may not be familiar with yet.
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In science:

Renming Song and Xian Yin Zhou. A remark on diffusion of directed polymers in random environments. J.
Upper bound of a volume exponent for directed polymers in a random environment
Song , we denote this Paige loop constructed over F = GF (q) by M ∗ (q).
Generators for finite simple Moufang loops
Song, The character tables of Paige’s simple Moufang loops and their relationship to the character tables of PSL(2, q), Proc.
Generators for finite simple Moufang loops
Song, Open string instantons and relative stable morphisms, Adv.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
But already, the BIMA SONG brings us some clues about the gas density.
Star formation in isolated AMIGA galaxies: dynamical influence of bars
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