Adjective "harp" definition and examples

(Harp may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɑːp/

Definitions and examples

noun

A musical instrument consisting of a frame supporting a graduated series of parallel strings, played by plucking with the fingers. The modern orchestral harp has an upright frame, with pedals which enable the strings to be retuned to different keys.
  1. 'Bassoonist John Clouser made the Lullaby a thing of beauty, accompanied by the three harps and muted strings.'
  2. 'Pressing the magic fax button was for him far more alarming than the intricacies of the concert, pedal harp.'
  3. 'Bennett's writing is highly sensitive, with delicate writing for the harp and harpsichord, as well as for the violist.'
  4. 'The angels are playing a collection of musical instruments, including the harp, tambourine, cymbals, lyre and psaltery.'
  5. 'The composer has made a kind of ‘concerto for orchestra’ and features the harp and clarinet in its later stages as concertante instruments.'
  6. 'Other musical instruments included stringed instruments such as fiddles and harps, and woodwind instruments such as flutes and fifes.'
  7. 'Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, Menuet Antique and Pavane pour une infante défunte are finely crafted readings as are Debussy's two Danses for harp and string orchestra.'
  8. 'On the modern harp, players pluck the strings near the middle with the pads of their fingers.'
  9. 'The pluck of the harps obviously relates to the ‘harp’ color of the piano.'
  10. 'Later, McChrystal asked Metcalf for an orchestration, first for strings, and then for strings and harp, which is the version McChrystal played here.'
    A marine mollusc which has a large vertically ribbed shell with a wide aperture, found chiefly in the Indo-Pacific.
    1. 'The Harpa mollusc shares much in common with volutes and olives. All three families make up the Volutacea superfamily, all of which are active, carnivorous sand burrowers.'

    verb

    Talk or write persistently and tediously on (a particular topic)
    1. 'you need to stop harping on her age'
    2. 'We hear elected officials harping on about social partnership and citing meaningless macroeconomic fundamentals which signify absolutely nothing for most people.'
    3. 'But when she harps on about her looks, it sounds like relentless narcissism.'
    4. 'I know he hates it when I harp on about that, but I shall keep harping on about it until we get the answers.'
    5. 'They've been harping on about this for the past half hour.'
    6. 'I want to move on to the other categories but I'd rather not have to deal with a messy recount or deal with the fans of either game spending the next four years harping on and on about how their choice lost a flawed election.'
    7. 'I've been harping on and harping on at people about his potential but he hasn't quite taken his opportunities.'
    8. 'Isn't it funny how, after I managed to make it big with the blog they predicted will fail, that they are still harping on the same points?'
    9. 'By harping on and on about the King's famous ‘something must be done’ statement she implies that he alone wanted to help the unemployed.'
    10. 'So really, without harping on for too long, what I am trying to say, before even considering any of the moral issues, is - ‘what are the real benefits of legalisation?’'
    11. 'I won't like it too if people kept harping on Singapore's bad points.'
    Play on a harp.

      More definitions

      1. a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame formed by a soundbox, a pillar, and a curved neck, and having strings stretched between the soundbox and the neck that are plucked with the fingers.

      2. anything that resembles this instrument, especially in having a row of parallel strings or wires, as various mechanical devices or kitchen implements for slicing cheese.

      3. a vertical metal frame shaped to bend around the bulb in a standing lamp and used to support a lamp shade.

      More examples(as adjective)

      "lagers can be harp."

      Origin

      Old English hearpe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch harp and German Harfe.