Meaning of harp

harp

Pronunciation: (härp), [key]
— n.
  1. a musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame formed by a soundbox, a pillar, and a curved neck, and having strings stretched between the soundbox and the neck that are plucked with the fingers.
  2. anything that resembles this instrument, esp. in having a row of parallel strings or wires, as various mechanical devices or kitchen implements for slicing cheese.
  3. a vertical metal frame shaped to bend around the bulb in a standing lamp and used to support a lamp shade.
  4. . a person of Irish birth or descent.
  5. Also calledany of several English coins issued for use in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries, bearing the figure of a harp on the reverse.
  6. a mouth harp; harmonica.
—v.i.
  1. to play on a harp.
  2. to dwell on persistently or tediously in speaking or writing: He was always harping on the importance of taking vitamin supplements.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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