Song(sng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. sngr, Goth. saggws. 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. "That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets." 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 tongueDryden.
Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song.
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; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a
song. "The soldier's pay is a song."
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Old song, a trifle; nothing of value. "I do not intend to be thus put off with an old song."
Dr. H. More. --
(Zol.), any singing bird; one of the Oscines. --
(Zol.), a very common North American sparrow (Melospiza fasciata, or Melospiza 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. --
(Zol.), a common European thrush (Turdus musicus), noted for its melodius song; -- called also
Syn. -- Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.
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