harp

A harp is a large, stringed musical instrument with a beautiful sound. If you want to play an instrument that's portable, you should choose a ukulele instead of a harp.

Many orchestras include a classical harp, which is such a big instrument that players usually need assistance to move them. Harps are played from a sitting position, resting on the player's shoulder as she plucks the strings with both hands. A folk harp is often smaller, sometimes sitting on a player's lap. When harp is used as a verb, it means to talk constantly and dully about one topic: "The harpist did nothing but harp on about the weather."

Definitions of harp
  1. noun
    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
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    types:
    aeolian harp, aeolian lyre, wind harp
    a harp having strings tuned in unison; they sound when wind passes over them
    lyre
    a harp used by ancient Greeks for accompaniment
    trigon
    a triangular lyre of ancient Greece and Rome
    type of:
    chordophone
    a stringed instrument of the group including harps, lutes, lyres, and zithers
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: harmonica, mouth harp, mouth organ
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    type of:
    free-reed instrument
    a wind instrument with a free reed
  3. noun
    a pair of curved vertical supports for a lampshade
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    type of:
    support
    any device that bears the weight of another thing
  4. verb
    play the harp
    “She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully”
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    type of:
    play
    perform music on (a musical instrument)
  5. verb
    come back to
    “She is always harping on the same old things”
    synonyms: dwell
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    type of:
    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
    to say, state, or perform again
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