• WordNet 3.6
    • n ode a lyric poem with complex stanza forms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ode ōd A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or sung; a lyric poem; esp., now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style. "Hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles.""O! run; prevent them with thy humble ode ,
      And lay it lowly at his blessed feet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ode A lyric poem expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion, especially one of complex or irregular metrical form; originally and strictly, such a composition intended to be sung.
    • n ode The music to which such a poem is set.
    • n ode In ancient prosody, the fourth part of the parabasis of a comedy. See parabasis. Also called the strophe.
    • n ode In the Gr. Ch.: One of nine canticles from Scripture, sung whole or in part on different days of the week at lauds (orthros). ; . These are: (1, 2) the Songs of Moses in Exodus and Deuteronomy
    • n ode One of a series of songs or hymns, normally nine in number, called the canon of odes (see canon, 13), sung to a musical tone, generally at lauds (orthros). Each ode consists of a variable number of tropariaor stanzas. The second ode of a canon is always omitted except in Lent. The commemorations of the day, called synaxaria, are read after the sixth ode.
    • n ode Same as odd for woad.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ode ōd a song: a poem written to be set to music: the music written for such a poem
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  • Voltaire
    “This poem will never reach its destination. [On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity]”
  • William Faulkner
    “If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. ode, oda, Gr. 'w,dh` a song, especially a lyric song, contr. fr. 'aoidh`, fr. 'aei`dein to sing; cf. Skr. vad, to speak, sing. Cf. Comedy Melody Monody
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ode—Gr. ōdē, contr. from aoidēaeidein, to sing.


In literature:

Immortality, Ode to, Wordsworth, 10.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
Hail, Mother of the Gods, thou wife of starry Ouranos, and freely in return for my ode give me sufficient livelihood.
"The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" by Andrew Lang
Odes of Horace, Lond.
"The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753)" by Theophilus Cibber
Collins' "Ode to the Passions," Liston reciting, 460.
"Records of a Girlhood" by Frances Ann Kemble
If ever she found that he was too tired to work, she made him lay down his classics and write a poem or ode.
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
METAURUS, the, Tasso's ode to, ii.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
This Ode, written in 1805, is on the model of Gray's 'Ode to Adversity,' which is copied from Horace's 'Ode to Fortune.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
Milton's Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity.
"Life of John Milton" by Richard Garnett
Ode to the Memory of Charles Dickens.
"Life of Charles Dickens" by Frank Marzials
Ronsard himself is said to have been the first to use the word "ode" for Horace's lyrics.
"Horace and His Influence" by Grant Showerman

In poetry:

Oh, who is he will follow me
With a singing,
Down sunny roads where windy odes
Of the woods are ringing?
"Faun-Call" by Cale Young Rice
Dress be our Care in this gay Scene
Of Pleasure's best Abode:
Enchanting Dress! if well I ween,
Meet Subject for an Ode.
"The Birth Of Fashion, A Specimen Of A Modern Ode" by Christopher Anstey
Tu vuoi saper perche` la vita mia
Colla gente volgare si consumi,
E come io pensi un'ode all'osteria
Fra gli sconci profumi;
"Flectar, Non Frangar" by Ferdinando Fontana
When Wordsworth did the skylark stuff,
He praised the bird a few,
And Shelley's ode sincerely showed
He liked the skylark, too.
"Birds And Bards" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Your tailor's bill . . . well, I'll be blowed!
Dear chap! I never knowed him . . .
He's gone and written me an ode,
Instead of what I owed him.
"Facility" by Robert W Service
But what to do if a red sunset freezes
Above a sky that's drowning in cold,
Where there is silence and unearthly peace,
What can one do with the immortal ode?
"The Sixth Sense" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

An ode to purposeful Internet privacy.
I am concerned about the Oregon Department of Education's (ODE) relationship with organizations that promote explicit sexual behaviors.
Ode Recited at the Harvard Commemoration, July 21, 1865.
A ghetto spelling bee and two odes to common sense.
Yossi Berg & Oded Graf.
Turntablist Cut Chemist recorded "Outro (Revisited)" as an ode to his tough times after being released from jail.
INTERVIEWS Hear Kanye West and 2 Chainz's Ode to Bday Booty Calls, 'Birthday Song'.
Photograph courtesy of Oded Weizmann.
An ode to the camp?re .
Ode Recited at the Harvard Commemoration , July 21, 1865.
A ghetto spelling bee and two odes to common sense .
Devo releases ode to Mitt Romney's dog (sorta).
Has released a new video for the track "Fuck Your Stuff," an ode to having your own style.
With its ornamental crown, this fainting couch, which resides in the second parlor of Tony and Wilma Burton's 1893 Queen Anne, is an ode in oak to Eastlake.
Elmo's' at one point during the Tebow ode.

In science:

This system is C-integrable as well, and moreover we show that the Calogero equation and its two-component generalization are solvable by a reciprocal transformation to ODE’s.
The Calogero equation and Liouville type equations
In last fifth section we construct a two-component generalization of the Calogero equation (1) and present its solution by corresponding reciprocal transformation to ODE of the second order.
The Calogero equation and Liouville type equations
However, the ODE (29a) can be integrated just if ψ = ψ(ux ).
The Calogero equation and Liouville type equations
Obviously, in quantum analysis some small energy fluctuations between m odes are observed as a consequence of vacuum fluctuations.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
An ODE Approach to the Existence of Positive Solutions for Semilinear Problems in RN .
(In)finiteness of Spherically Symmetric Static Perfect Fluids