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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Power, a New Zealander, plays the blues harp and the chromatic harmonica.
▪ Clarisa was sitting on the couch, leaning forward as she played a boxy wooden harp.
▪ When he married her, she was a reserved, very plain girl who played the harp in a provincial symphony orchestra.
▪ Janir leaned against her back, toyed with her hair, crawled into her lap and played with the nearest harp strings.
▪ At first he stayed up in his room most of the time in the evenings, reading and playing his harp.
▪ My great-aunt Clare played the harp.
▪ Once the airborne adversaries are playing their little golden harps.
▪ With Donald Crubach's help, he played the harp and sang, and started again to compose songs and poems.
▪ Perhaps the biggest thing going was the harp played by JoAnn Turovsky, sounding positively, well, huge.
▪ Power, a New Zealander, plays the blues harp and the chromatic harmonica.
▪ Remi was going to ny down in a stratosphere liner with this harp under his arm and make us all rich.
▪ The third time, Jack stole a golden harp and was almost caught.
▪ When he married her, she was a reserved, very plain girl who played the harp in a provincial symphony orchestra.
▪ Karl Maclaren thinks the two are harping on one side of the issue too strongly.
▪ Mr. Lilley Confidence will not be instilled by harping solely on the negatives.
▪ The speech therapist tells them, in effect, to calm down and stop harping on it and it will go away.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Harp \Harp\ (h[aum]rp), n. [OE. harpe, AS. hearpe; akin to D. harp, G. harfe, OHG. harpha, Dan. harpe, Icel. & Sw. harpa.]

  1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers.

  2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra, or the Lyre.

  3. A grain sieve. [Scot.]

    [AE]olian harp. See under [AE]olian.

    Harp seal (Zo["o]l.), an arctic seal ( Phoca Gr[oe]nlandica). The adult males have a light-colored body, with a harp-shaped mark of black on each side, and the face and throat black. Called also saddler, and saddleback. The immature ones are called bluesides; their fur is white, and they are killed and skinned to harvest the fur.

    Harp shell (Zo["o]l.), a beautiful marine gastropod shell of the genus Harpa, of several species, found in tropical seas. See Harpa.


Harp \Harp\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Harped (h[aum]rpt) p. pr. & vb. n. Harping.] [AS. hearpian. See Harp, n.]

  1. To play on the harp.

    I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps.
    --Rev. xiv.

  2. 2. To dwell on or recur to a subject tediously or monotonously in speaking or in writing; to refer to something repeatedly or continually; -- usually with on or upon. ``Harpings upon old themes.''
    --W. Irving.

    Harping on what I am, Not what he knew I was.

    To harp on one string, to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence. [Colloq.]


Harp \Harp\, v. t. To play on, as a harp; to play (a tune) on the harp; to develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.

Thou 'st harped my fear aright.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English hearpe, from Proto-Germanic *harpon- (cognates: Old Saxon harpa "instrument of torture;" Old Norse harpa, Dutch harp, Old High German harpfa, German Harfe "harp") of uncertain origin. Late Latin harpa, source of words in some Romanic languages, is a borrowing from Germanic. Meaning "harmonica" is from 1887, short for mouth-harp. The harp seal (1784) is so called for the harp-shaped markings on its back.


Old English hearpian; see harp (n.). Cognate with Middle Dutch, Dutch harpen, Middle High German harpfen, German harfen. Figurative sense of "talk overmuch" (about something) first recorded mid-15c., originally to harp upon one string. Related: Harped; harping.


n. 1 A musical instrument consisting of an upright frame strung with strings that are stroked or plucked with the fingers. 2 (label en colloquial) A harmonic

  1. 3 (label en Scotland) A grain sieve. v

  2. 1 (qualifier: usually with ''on'') To repeatedly mention a subject. 2 (label en transitive) To play on (qualifier: a harp or similar instrument) 3 (label en transitive) To play (a tune) on the harp. 4 (label en transitive) To develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.

  1. n. a chordophone that has a triangular frame consisting of a sounding board and a pillar and a curved neck; the strings stretched between the neck and the soundbox are plucked with the fingers

  2. a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade

  3. a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired hole [syn: harmonica, mouth organ, mouth harp]

  1. v. come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things" [syn: dwell]

  2. play the harp; "She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"

Harp (magazine)

Harp was a print and online magazine that provided in-depth information on current music, mainly the adult album alternative genre, which encompasses a large variety of music. It was published from 2001 to 2008. The sister publication of Harp was Jazz Times.

Harp (disambiguation)

A harp is a type of stringed musical instrument.

Harp or HARP may also refer to:

HARP (Hadron Production Experiment)

HARP, The Hadron Production Experiment at the Proton Synchrotron was a physics experiment at CERN that took data from 2000 through 2002. Its goal was to systematically study hadron production on a wide variety of nuclear targets. The data is used to help predict neutrino fluxes at experiments such as MiniBooNE and K2K, to understand the atmospheric neutrino flux, and to tune Monte Carlo simulations of particle production.

HARP (algorithm)

Harmonic phase (HARP) algorithm is a medical image analysis technique capable of extracting and processing motion information from tagged magnetic resonance image (MRI) sequences. It was initially developed by N. F. Osman and J. L. Prince at the Image Analysis and Communications Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. The method uses spectral peaks in the Fourier domain of tagged MRI, calculating the phase images of their inverse Fourier transforms, which are called harmonic phase (HARP) images. The motion of material points through time is then tracked, under the assumption that the HARP value of a fixed material point is time-invariant. The method is fast and accurate, and has been accepted as one of the most popular tagged MRI analysis methods in medical image processing.

Harp (surname)

Harp is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Clarine Harp (born 1978), American voice actress
  • Everette Harp (born 1961), American saxophonist
  • Jessica Harp (born 1982), American musician
  • Susana Harp (born 1968), Mexican singer
  • Tom Harp (born c. 1927), American football player and coach
  • Toni Harp (born 1949), American politician

Usage examples of "harp".

The wound was still abscessed, its dressing changed twice a day, but now Harper and Isabella had to wipe the sweat that poured from Sharpe and listen to the ravings that he muttered day and night.

Bay had been marrying Jonas Harper for the silks and silver his money could buy her, she could be so obviously happy with the few simple things he provided in this adobe house.

New Agey, like heaven without the harps and angelic choirs and pink clouds and alabaster pillars, or whatever.

Pausing to tune the harp, he snapped the string and, after a tense, whispered exchange with Alec, rose and bowed to the mayor.

Stepping away as far as he could, Alec pulled the harp string from his tunic and waved it like a pass.

Her mother was spinning, her aunt Amice plucked flower petals for a perfume, and her aunt Felice played her harp.

Shamesey camp, Ancel Harper recognized the threat lurking about the edges of the message.

Guil told what he knew: a whack in the head from a winch cable, a partner dead, Gerry Harper going off from Ancel in a fit of rage, the Harper brothers not dealing with each other any more for years.

Harper said, sounding uncharacteristically nervou He plainly believed that either ather Sarsfield, Captain Donaju or Captain lacy should broach the delicate subject that had caused this delegation to seek Sharpe out, but the cha lain and the two em assed officers were silent.

Real Compaflia Irlandesa low ered the corpse into the deep grave, then Hogan, Sharpe and Harper took off their hats as ather Sarsfield said the prayers in Latin and afterwards spoke in English to the twenty guardsmen.

Lieutenant Gibbons had tried to kill Sharpe and how Patrick Harper had bayoneted the Lieutenant.

Christine Marshall, Clint and Lori Smith, Kevin and Laura Smith, Jim and Paula Huffinan, Harper and Connie Wren, Jim and Debbie Riordan, Steve and Donna Blinn, Tony and Janey Marzulli, Carrie Rudiselle, Barry and Terry Santavy, Nate and Shirley Lyndsay, Manolo and Virginia Lopez, Fin and Adrian Johnston, Kelly and Kathy Higgins, Brian and Suzy Neuman, David and Terri Schaal, Seth and Karen Semkin, Andy Flamard and special thanks to my manager Kathy Horn!

Harry called to Coote as he zoomed past, but Coote, grinning broadly, chose to aim the next Bludger at Harper instead, who was just passing Harry in the opposite direction.

By the time we got to Yona, little Bunkie, the small German Shepherd handled by Art Spielman and Tex Harper, exhibited all of the symptoms of heartworm infestation.

At that point I had the painful job of telling Spielman and Harper that there was no way Bunkie could survive the treatment--he would die a slow and painful death if I tried to treat him again.