descant definition

  • noun:
    • songs An ornamental melody or counterpoint sung or played above a layout.
    • Music The highest component sung partly music.
    • A discussion or discourse on a theme.
    • a long discourse on a topic
    • a counterpoint melody sung or played over the theme
    • 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 plain song.
    • The upper voice simply songs.
    • The canto, cantus, or soprano vocals; the treble.
    • A discourse formed on its motif, like variations on a musical environment; a comment or comments.
    • In music: A counterpoint added to confirmed melody or cantus firmus, and often written above it.
    • the skill of contriving such a counterpoint, or, in general, of creating part-music. Descant was the initial phase in improvement counterpoint; it started about 1100.
    • In part-music, the upper part or sound, particularly the soprano or environment.
    • A varied tune; a song or track with various modulations.
    • A continued discourse or series of commentary upon a topic; a disquisition; comment; comment.
    • a decorative music accompaniment (usually improvised) included above a simple melody
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To review at length; discourse: "He accustomed descant critically regarding the meals which was in fact at tableā€ ( James Boswell).
    • musical To sing or play a descant.
    • musical To sing melodiously.
    • To sing a variation or achievement.
    • To comment easily; to discourse with fullness and particularity; to discourse at-large.
  • verb:
    • to go over at size.
    • To sing or play a descant.
    • sing by changing sign-up; sing by yodeling
    • talk at great size about one thing of your interest
    • sing-in descant
  • others:
    • In songs, to operate a division or variety because of the sound, on a musical floor in real measure; sing.
    • to help make copious and varied opinions; discourse; comment over and over in diverse term; expand or live on a matter in a variety of remarks or reviews about it: typically with on or upon before the subject of remark: because, to descant upon the beauties of a scene, or even the shortness of life.

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