Meaning of descant

des•cant

Pronunciation: (n., adj.des'kantv.des&sylpkant', dis-), [key]
— n.
    1. a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme and usually written above it.
    2. (in part music) the soprano.
    3. a song or melody.
  1. a variation upon anything; comment on a subject.
—adj.
  1. a descant recorder.
    1. soprano:a descant recorder.
    2. treble:a descant viol.
—v.i.
  1. to sing.
  2. to comment or discourse at great length.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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