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English Dictionary: song by the DICT Development Group
2 results for song
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
song
n
  1. a short musical composition with words; "a successful musical must have at least three good songs"
    Synonym(s): song, vocal
  2. 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"
  3. the act of singing; "with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates"
    Synonym(s): song, strain
  4. the characteristic sound produced by a bird; "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"
    Synonym(s): birdcall, call, birdsong, song
  5. a very small sum; "he bought it for a song"
  6. the imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy
    Synonym(s): Sung, Sung dynasty, Song, Song dynasty
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Song \Song\ (?; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing;
      akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s[94]ngr, Goeth. sagws. See
      {Sing}.]
      1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of
            the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect,
            etc. [bd]That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of
            crickets.[b8] --Hawthorne.
  
      2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
  
      3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem.
  
                     The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned
                     to his British lyre this ancient song. --Dryden.
  
      4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
  
                     This subject for heroic song.            --Milton.
  
      5. An object of derision; a laughingstock.
  
                     And now am I their song. yea, I am their byword.
                                                                              --Job xxx. 9.
  
      6. A trifle. [bd]The soldier's pay is a song.[b8] --Silliman.
  
      {Old song}, a trifle; nothing of value. [bd]I do not intend
            to be thus put off with an old song.[b8] --Dr. H. More.
  
      {Song bird} (Zo[94]l.), any singing bird; one of the Oscines.
           
  
      {Song sparrow} (Zo[94]l.), a very common North American
            sparrow ({Melospiza fasciata}, or {M. melodia}) noted for
            the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is
            covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in
            the center.
  
      {Song thrush} (Zo[94]l.), a common European thrush ({Turdus
            musicus}), noted for its melodius song; -- called also
            {mavis}, {throsite}, and {thrasher}.
  
      Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn;
               descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.
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