Theme Theme, n. [OE. teme, OF. teme, F. th[`e]me, L. thema, Gr. ?, fr. ? to set, place. See {Do}, and cf. {Thesis}.] 1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text. [1913 Webster]

My theme is alway one and ever was. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

And when a soldier was the theme, my name Was not far off. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Discourse on a certain subject. [1913 Webster]

Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme. --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

It was the subject of my theme. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A composition or essay required of a pupil. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. (Gram.) A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem. [1913 Webster]

5. That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument. [Obs.] --Swift. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mus.) The leading subject of a composition or a movement. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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