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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In a touching ode to the team concept, last month Warrior guard Mookie Blaylock skipped a team practice to play golf.
▪ Joe devoted abundant time to ensuring that he had ode of the most impressive wardrobes in town.
▪ No whining about how tough it will be to start over, no self-congratulatory odes to her own courage.
▪ Pindar celebrated that victory in his Ninth Pythian ode.
▪ Poets wrote triumphal odes for victors at all these games, conferring immortality on them.
▪ This inner ode may be called the kernel mode, in which case the intermediate ode is called the supervisor mode.
▪ While Cameron Crowe's ode to rock, Almost Famous bagged best original screenplay and best sound.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ode \Ode\ ([=o]d), n. [F., fr. L. ode, oda, Gr. 'w,dh` a song, especially a lyric song, contr. fr. 'aoidh`, fr. 'aei`dein to sing; cf. Skr. vad to speak, sing. Cf. Comedy, Melody, Monody.] A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or sung; a lyric poem; esp., now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style.

Hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles.

O! run; prevent them with thy humble ode, And lay it lowly at his blessed feet.

Ode factor, one who makes, or who traffics in, odes; -- used contemptuously.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Middle French ode (c.1500), from Late Latin ode "lyric song," from Greek oide, Attic contraction of aoide "song, ode;" related to aeidein (Attic aidein) "to sing;" aoidos (Attic oidos) "a singer, singing;" aude "voice, tone, sound," probably from a PIE *e-weid-, perhaps from root *wed- "to speak." In classical use, "a poem intended to be sung;" in modern use usually a rhymed lyric, often an address, usually dignified, rarely extending to 150 lines. Related: Odic.


n. A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or sung; a lyric poem; especially, now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style.


n. a lyric poem with complex stanza forms


ODE may refer to:

  • Ohio Department of Education, the state education agency of Ohio
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in the field of economics
  • Online disinhibition effect, a loosening of social inhibitions during interactions with others on the Internet that would otherwise be present in normal face-to-face interaction
  • Open Dynamics Engine, a real-time physics engine
  • Ordinary differential equation, a mathematical concept
  • Oregon Daily Emerald, student newspaper of the University of Oregon
  • Oxford Dictionary of English, a 1998 English language dictionary
  • Apache ODE, a web-services orchestration engine from the Apache Software Foundation
Ode (disambiguation)

An ode is a form of stately and elaborate lyrical verse.

Ode may also refer to:

Ode (poem)

Ode is a poem written by the English poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy and first published in 1873. It is often referred to by its first line We are the music makers. The Ode is the first poem in O'Shaughnessy's collection Music and Moonlight (1874). It has nine stanzas, although it is commonly believed to be only three stanzas long. The opening stanza is:

We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone sea-breakers, And sitting by desolate streams;— World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world for ever, it seems.

The phrase "movers and shakers" originates here.

The poem has been set to music, or alluded to, many times:

  • Edward Elgar's The Music Makers, Op. 69, uses the entire poem.
  • The Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály also made a setting for and dedicated to Merton College, Oxford on the occasion of its 700th anniversary in 1964.
  • "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams" appears on the track Ode by Sylence. It's a hardstyle track.
  • in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wonka quotes the first two lines of the poem to Charlie just before introducing the group to his lick able wallpaper invention.
Ode (ballet)

Ode is a ballet made by Lorca Massine to eponymous music from 1943 by Igor Stravinsky. The premiere took place June 23, 1972, as part of New York City Ballet's Stravinsky Festival at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center.

Ode (album)

Ode is a contemporary jazz album by American pianist Brad Mehldau. It features Mehldau's regular trio partners, bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.

Ode (London Jazz Composers' Orchestra album)

Ode is an album by the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra composed by bassist Barry Guy which was recorded as part of the English Bach Festival at the Oxford Town Hall in 1972 and first released as a double album on the Incus label then as a double CD on Intakt in 1996 with additional material.

Usage examples of "ode".

When I reached my room I began to write, and spent the night in composing an ode which I sent the next day to the advocate.

As he was writing his ode, I composed a sonnet on the same subject, and, expressing his admiration for it he begged me to sign it, and to allow him to send it with his poetry.

And a horrible presentiment gripped me, a voice, fusty as mouldering cerecloths, whispered that I should never complete the Ode until I had discovered his fate.

The Poet seems, in the first Ode particularly, to design the EpOde as a complete air to the Strophe and Antistrophe, which have more the appearance of Recitative.

He lived in the household of Manimenesh as his poet and praisemaker, and his sonnets, ghazals, and odes were recited throughout the city.

He added that his wife knew my ode by heart, and that she had read it to the intended husband of Angelique, who had a great wish to make my acquaintance.

My more experienced companion felt the influence too, for he lifted up a cracked voice and broke into a droning chant, which he assured me was an Eastern ode which had been taught him by the second sister of the Hospodar of Wallachia.

Jonson, whose splendid scorn took to itself lyric wings in the two great Odes to Himself, sang high and aloof for a while, then the frenzy caught him, and he flung away his lyre to gird himself for deeds of mischief among nameless and noteless antagonists.

In the interval he concentrated on perfecting the odes and the rhymed variety of stichomythia in which he often had his characters speak, parrying epigram with epigram.

GOLDEN THRESHOLD BY SAROJINI NAIDU WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ARTHUR SYMONS DEDICATED TO EDMUND GOSSE WHO FIRST SHOWED ME THE WAY TO THE GOLDEN THRESHOLD London, 1896 Hyderabad, 1905 CONTENTS FOLK SONGS Palanquin-Bearers Wandering Singers Indian Weavers Coromandel Fishers The Snake-Charmer Corn-Grinders Village-Song In Praise of Henna Harvest Hymn Indian Love-Song Cradle-Song Suttee SONGS FOR MUSIC Song of a Dream Humayun to Zobeida Autumn Song Alabaster Ecstasy To my Fairy Fancies POEMS Ode to H.

The wild ode resumes the joyous dance that has made their whole way from Asia one long sacred revel-- Toilless toil and labour sweet.

The Kimberley Club had a most undistinguished la ode Since its foundation, it had been enlarged twice, and the additions were glaringly apparent, unbaked Kimberley brick abutting upon galvanized iron and finally fired redbrick.

Pythian Ode, Aphrodite gives the wryneck to Jason as the magical means to seduce Medea, and with it he binds the princess to him through her obsessive love.

Full Choral Ode, the evolutions carrying them to the extreme Left of the Orchestra in the Strophe, and in the Antistrophe back to the Altar.

Then the Chorus address themselves to a Choral Ode in memory of the Spirit now passed beneath the earth: the evolutions as usual, carrying them with each Strophe to one end of the Orchestra, and with the Antistrophe back to the Altar.