from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stringed instrument of the harp family having two curved arms connected at the upper end by a crossbar, used to accompany a singer or reciter of poetry, especially in ancient Greece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stringed musical instrument.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A stringed instrument of music; a kind of harp much used by the ancients, as an accompaniment to poetry.
- n. One of the constellations; Lyra. See Lyra.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In pianoforte-making, the lyre-shaped frame to which the pedals are attached and through which the pedal-rods work.
- The posterior portion of the under surface of the fornix of the brain, marked by a number of lines bearing a fancied resemblance to a lyre. Also called lyre of David or lyra Davidis.
- n. In music
- n. A stringed instrument of Egyptian origin, which became the national instrument of ancient Greece.
- n. An element in the name of some instruments of the viol class, as the arm-lyre or lira da braccio, and the knee-lyre or lira da gamba. See lira.
- n. A kind of metallic harmonica, mounted on a lyre-shaped frame, occasionally used in military music.
- n. A kind of rebec used by the modern Greeks. See rebec.
- n. [capitalized] A constellation. See Lyra, 1.
- n. A verse of the kind commonly used in lyric poetry.
- n. The Manx shearwater, Puffinus anglorum.
- n. A grade of isinglass: a trade-name.
- n. An obsolete form of leer.
- n. See lire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a harp used by ancient Greeks for accompaniment
Contradictories as _No centaurs play the lyre -- Some centaurs do play the lyre_; or _All unicorns fight with lions -- Some unicorns do not fight with lions_, are both meaningless, because in Zoology there are no centaurs nor unicorns; and, therefore, in this reference, the propositions are not really contradictory.
Thus the poet Melchior would never have consented to abandon what he called his lyre, to write a commercial prospectus or an electoral address.
Kinnor is more of a zither than a harp; therefore we render the word lyre, because only as lyres developed did harps result.
When 'Omer smote' is bloomin 'lyre, He'd' eard men sing by land an 'sea; An' what he thought he might require, 'e went and took, the same as me.
Each of these "Apollonian" instruments was historically referred to as a lyre and demanded attentive tuning: in the cabinet below the harp we find its tuning mechanism, whose tau-like shape evokes the spiritual temperament of the Franciscan Order. 309
In the lower left, below the sack, was a type of harp called a lyre.
He was weak; it was his only fault, weak as the string of a lyre, which is so strong when it is taut.
His lyre was a fine old one of polished tortoiseshell, with arms of slender horn and a bridge of ivory.
[364-20] A poet or musician is said to sing, and the lyre is the instrument with which the ancients accompanied their songs.
Although I can boast nothing but an extreme and unquenchable love for the art to which my humble aspirations are confined, my lyre has been a solace when every thing else has failed; soothing when agitated, and when at peace furnishing that exercise and excitement without which the mind becomes sick, and all her faculties retrograde when they ought to be advancing.
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