from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Loud and resounding: plangent bells.
- adj. Expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive: "From a doorway came the plangent sounds of a guitar” ( Malcolm Lowry).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having a loud, mournful sound
- adj. beating, dashing, as waves.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Beating; dashing, as a wave.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Beating; dashing, as waves.
- Resounding; clashing; noisy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. loud and resounding
Still, no one is likely to go to Shakespeare's plangent farewell drama on the off-chance of chortling at the comic scenes.
There's a rich tradition of plangent, slightly overheated sacred art that treats the spirit as flesh - think Correggio and Barocci, among others.
In this and many ways, Moving Pictures is a plangent and honest book, rendered all the more affecting by its modulation and detachment.
Effervescent, lyrical, plangent, wistful by turns, this score surrounds the immortal hit "Le Tourbillon de La Vie" (The Whirlwind of Life), which Ms. Moreau and the composer Bassiak (playing her lover in the movie) made into a world-wide hit, although it had been written seven years earlier.
I needed some guidance that only the best poetry can provide, so I turned to this month's issue of plangent voices magazine, at $3.75 your best entertainment value.
When Steiner jumps he is shown in slow motion, accompanied by the plangent, minimal music of Florian Fricke's band Popol Vuh.
Flick through the economic reports published this week and the same plangent theme sounds again and again.
Those sorts of fiscal transfers become particularly plangent during times of general austerity, like the one the U.K. is facing now.
Yet the score, with its plangent chords full of added fourths, and snatched motifs which promise elusive melody then dissolve, locks you in its grip.
The Dream of Perpetual Motion is plangent, tender and sui generis: a steampunk The Tempest with the grim and rippling beauty of a fairy tale.