Online Dictionary

descant Explained

descant at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1380, from Anglo-Fr. deschaunt, from M.L. discantus "refrain, part-song," from L. dis- "asunder, apart" + cantus "song." Spelling was partly Latinized 16c. Originally "counterpoint;" sense of "talk at length" is first attested 1649. ///

descant at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U and C] [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old North French; Origin: Latin cantus 'song']// a tune that is played or sung above the main tune in a piece of music//

descant at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

196 Moby Thesaurus words for "descant":
Nachtmusik, Vorspiel, absolute music, accompaniment, adaptation,
air, air varie, aleatory, aleatory music, alto, amplify, anthem,
aria, arrangement, article, ballad, baritone, bass, basso continuo,
basso ostinato, bassus, canto, cantus, cantus figuratus,
cantus planus, carol, causerie, chamber music, chamber orchestra,
chant, chirp, chirrup, choir, chorus, comment upon, composition,
concert overture, continuo, contralto, criticize, croon,
curtain raiser, deal with, detail, develop, diapason, dilate,
discourse, discuss, discussion, disquisition, dissert, dissertate,
dissertation, ditty, do-re-mi, dramatic overture, drone, elaborate,
electronic music, enlarge, enlarge upon, essay, etude, evolve,
examination, excursus, exercise, expand, expatiate, explicate,
exposition, feature, figured bass, first approach, go into,
ground bass, handle, harmonization, homily, hum, hymn,
incidental music, inquire into, instrumental music, intonate,
intone, introduction, introductory study, invention, lay, lied,
lilt, line, lucubration, measure, melodia, melodic line, melody,
memoir, minstrel, monograph, morceau, nocturne, note,
operatic overture, opus, orchestration, outline, overture, pandect,
paper, paragraph, part, particularize, piece, pipe, plain chant,
plain song, preliminary study, prelude, prick song, production,
program music, prolegomenon, psalm, quaver, refrain,
rehearse in extenso, relate at large, remark upon, research paper,
review, ricercar, roulade, score, screed, serenade, sermonize,
shake, sing, sing in chorus, sketch, sol-fa, solmizate, solo,
solo part, sonata, sonatina, song, soprano, soprano part,
special article, strain, string orchestra, string quartet, study,
survey, take up, tenor, term paper, theme, theme and variations,
thesis, thorough bass, touch upon, tract, tractate, treat,
treat of, treatise, treatment, treble, tremolo, trill, trio, troll,
tune, tweedle, tweedledee, twit, twitter, undersong, unfold, vamp,
variation, vocalize, voice, voice part, voluntary, warble, whistle,
work, work out, write up, yodel

descant at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun
(music) a tune that is sung or played at the same time as, and usually higher than, the main tune

Descant at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Descant \Des*cant"\ (d[e^]s*k[a^]nt"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
{Descanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Descanting}.] [From descant;
n.; or directly fr. OF. descanter, deschanter; L. dis- +
cantare to sing.]
1. To sing a variation or accomplishment.

2. To comment freely; to discourse with fullness and
particularity; to discourse at large.

A virtuous man should be pleased to find people
descanting on his actions. --Addison.

Descant \Des"cant\ (d[e^]s"k[a^]nt), n. [OF. descant, deschant,
F. d['e]chant, discant, LL. discantus, fr. L. dis + cantus
singing, melody, fr. canere to sing. See {Chant}, and cf.
{Descant}, v. i., {Discant}.]
1. (Mus.)
(a) 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.
(b) The upper voice in part music.
(c) The canto, cantus, or soprano voice; the treble.
--Grove.

Twenty doctors expound one text twenty ways, as
children make descant upon plain song.
--Tyndale.

She [the nightingale] all night long her amorous
descant sung. --Milton.

Note: The term has also been used synonymously with
counterpoint, or polyphony, which developed out of the
French d['e]chant, of the 12th century.

2. A discourse formed on its theme, like variations on a
musical air; a comment or comments.

Upon that simplest of themes how magnificent a
descant! --De Quincey.

descant at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Figurate \Fig"ur*ate\, a. [L. figuratus, p. p. of figurare. See
{Figure}.]
1. Of a definite form or figure.

Plants are all figurate and determinate, which
inanimate bodies are not. --Bacon.

2. Figurative; metaphorical. [Obs.] --Bale.

3. (Mus.) Florid; figurative; involving passing discords by
the freer melodic movement of one or more parts or voices
in the harmony; as, figurate counterpoint or descant.

{Figurate counterpoint} or {descant} (Mus.), that which is
not simple, or in which the parts do not move together
tone for tone, but in which freer movement of one or more
parts mingles passing discords with the harmony; -- called
also {figural}, {figurative}, and {figured counterpoint}
or {descant} (although the term figured is more commonly
applied to a bass with numerals written above or below to
indicate the other notes of the harmony).

{Figurate numbers} (Math.), numbers, or series of numbers,
formed from any arithmetical progression in which the
first term is a unit, and the difference a whole number,
by taking the first term, and the sums of the first two,
first three, first four, etc., as the successive terms of
a new series, from which another may be formed in the same
manner, and so on, the numbers in the resulting series
being such that points representing them are capable of
symmetrical arrangement in different geometrical figures,
as triangles, squares, pentagons, etc.

Note: In the following example, the two lower lines are
composed of figurate numbers, those in the second line
being triangular, and represented thus: -- . 1, 2, 3,
4, etc. . . . 1, 3, 6, 10, etc. . . . . . . . etc. 1,
4, 10, 20, etc . . . . . . . . . . . .

Figurate \Fig"ur*ate\, a. [L. figuratus, p. p. of figurare. See
{Figure}.]
1. Of a definite form or figure.

Plants are all figurate and determinate, which
inanimate bodies are not. --Bacon.

2. Figurative; metaphorical. [Obs.] --Bale.

3. (Mus.) Florid; figurative; involving passing discords by
the freer melodic movement of one or more parts or voices
in the harmony; as, figurate counterpoint or descant.

{Figurate counterpoint} or {descant} (Mus.), that which is
not simple, or in which the parts do not move together
tone for tone, but in which freer movement of one or more
parts mingles passing discords with the harmony; -- called
also {figural}, {figurative}, and {figured counterpoint}
or {descant} (although the term figured is more commonly
applied to a bass with numerals written above or below to
indicate the other notes of the harmony).

{Figurate numbers} (Math.), numbers, or series of numbers,
formed from any arithmetical progression in which the
first term is a unit, and the difference a whole number,
by taking the first term, and the sums of the first two,
first three, first four, etc., as the successive terms of
a new series, from which another may be formed in the same
manner, and so on, the numbers in the resulting series
being such that points representing them are capable of
symmetrical arrangement in different geometrical figures,
as triangles, squares, pentagons, etc.

Note: In the following example, the two lower lines are
composed of figurate numbers, those in the second line
being triangular, and represented thus: -- . 1, 2, 3,
4, etc. . . . 1, 3, 6, 10, etc. . . . . . . . etc. 1,
4, 10, 20, etc . . . . . . . . . . . .

descant at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

descant
n : a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added
above a basic melody [syn: {discant}]

descant
v 1: sing in descant
2: sing by changing register; sing by yodeling; "The Austrians
were yodeling in the mountains" [syn: {yodel}, {warble}]
3: talk at great length about something of one's interest

descant at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Pronunciation

* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /ˈdɛskænt/
  • Inter: rhymes » ænt

    Noun

    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A lengthy discourse on a subject
    1. Inter: musi » c a counterpoint melody sung or played above the theme

      Verb

      Inter: en-ver » b


  • Inter: intransitiv » e To discuss at length.
  • Inter: quote-book » year=1913|author=Category: w - :Robert Barr (writer)|Robert Barr

  • |title=Lord Stranleigh Abroad
    |chapter=4|url=http://openlibrary.org/works/OL1796924W
    |passage=“… This is a surprise attack, and I’d no wish that the garrison, forewarned, should escape. I am sure, Lord Stranleigh, that he has been descanting on the distraction of the woods and the camp, or perhaps the metropolitan dissipation of Philadelphia, …”
    1. Inter: intransitiv » e To sing or play a descant.

      Quotations

      * 1919, Category: w - :Ronald Firbank|Ronald Firbank, Category: w - :Valmouth|Valmouth, Duckworth, hardback edition, page 121

  • : Involving some interesting, intellectual trips, she was descanting lightly to right and left.

    Anagrams

    * decants

  • Translation: et » descant
    Translation: io » descant
    Translation: it » descant
    Translation: my » descant
    Translation: pl » descant
    Translation: fi » descant
    Translation: ta » descant
    Translation: te » descant
    Translation: vi » descant
    Translation: zh » descant