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Hasil cari dari kata atau frase: Descant (0.01026 detik)
Found 2 items, similar to Descant.
English → English
n : a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added
above a basic melody [syn: discant
v 1: sing in descant
2: sing by changing register; sing by yodeling; “The Austrians
were yodeling in the mountains”
3: talk at great length about something of one's interest
English → English
(d[e^]s"k[a^]nt), n. [OF. descant, deschant,
F. d['e]chant, discant, LL. discantus, fr. L. dis + cantus
singing, melody, fr. canere to sing. See Chant
, and cf.
, v. i., Discant
(a) Originally, a double song; a melody or counterpoint
sung above the plain song of the tenor; a variation of
an air; a variation by ornament of the main subject or
(b) The upper voice in part music.
(c) The canto, cantus, or soprano voice; the treble.
Twenty doctors expound one text twenty ways, as
children make descant upon plain song.
She [the nightingale] all night long her amorous
descant sung. --Milton.
Note: The term has also been used synonymously with
counterpoint, or polyphony, which developed out of the
French d['e]chant, of the 12th century.
2. A discourse formed on its theme, like variations on a
musical air; a comment or comments.
Upon that simplest of themes how magnificent a
descant! --De Quincey.
(d[e^]s*k[a^]nt"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
; p. pr. & vb. n. Descanting
.] [From descant;
n.; or directly fr. OF. descanter, deschanter; L. dis- +
cantare to sing.]
1. To sing a variation or accomplishment.
2. To comment freely; to discourse with fullness and
particularity; to discourse at large.
A virtuous man should be pleased to find people
descanting on his actions. --Addison.