Pronunciation: /ˈdɛskant /
- 1 Music An independent treble melody sung or played above a basic melody.More example sentences
- Jacques told me that everyone was in such awe when I sang it, no one would sing the descant while I was at college.
- During the descant finale, however, instinct won out.
- In some hymnals a descant is provided for the refrain.
- 1.1 • archaic or • literary A melodious song: I hear the wood thrush piping one mellow descant moreMore example sentences
- Intoxicated with the idea, she ran through many a melodious descant, till, touching on the first strains of 'Thusa ha measg na reultan mor', she saw Wallace start from his contemplative position, and with a pale countenance leave the room.
- 2 • literary A discourse on a theme: his descant of deprivationMore example sentences
- It was an enjoyable evening but the danger of where we seem to be going kept reasserting itself like a descant to the pleasant sound of casual conversation.
- I had been going to mark the 1000th posting here with a descant on futility and failure, as is traditional on New Year's Eve.
- These wonderful letters are a descant to the two recent major biographies.
Pronunciation: /dɪˈskant , dɛ-/[no object] • literary Back to top
- Talk tediously or at length: I have descanted on this subject beforeMore example sentences
- At one point, prior to descanting on conservatism with a small ‘c’, she says sharply, ‘Don't interrupt me during this bit ’, but I didn't really mind - it gave me time to eat.
- It is a pleasure to hear my refugee patients descant on that great historical achievement.
- When he has begun to descant on a subject which interests his morbid feelings, he knows not when to pass to another.
late Middle English: from Old French deschant, from medieval Latin discantus 'part-song, refrain'.
More definitions of descantDefinition of descant in:
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