throstle
Song Song (s[o^]ng; 115), n. [AS. song, sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. s["o]ngr, Goth. saggws. See {Sing}.] 1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc. ``That most ethereal of all sounds, the song of crickets.'' --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad. [1913 Webster]

3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem. [1913 Webster]

The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse. [1913 Webster]

This subject for heroic song. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. An object of derision; a laughingstock. [1913 Webster]

And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword. --Job xxx. 9. [1913 Webster]

6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song. ``The soldier's pay is a song.'' --Silliman. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Old song}, a trifle; nothing of value. ``I do not intend to be thus put off with an old song.'' --Dr. H. More.

{Song bird} (Zo["o]l.), any singing bird; one of the {Oscines}.

{Song sparrow} (Zo["o]l.), a very common North American sparrow ({Melospiza fasciata}, or {Melospiza melodia}) noted for the sweetness of its song in early spring. Its breast is covered with dusky brown streaks which form a blotch in the center.

{Song thrush} (Zo["o]l.), a common European thrush ({Turdus musicus}), noted for its melodius song; -- called also {mavis}, {throstle}, and {thrasher}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
, (Turdus musicus)


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  • Throstle — Thros tle, n. [OE. throsel, AS. [thorn]rostle, [thorn]rosle; akin to MHG. trostel, G. drossel, Icel. [thorn]r[ o]str, Sw. trast, Lith. strazdas, L. turdus. [root]238. Cf. {Thrush} the bird.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The song thrush. See under {Song}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throstle — thrush, O.E. þrostle, from P.Gmc. *thrustalo (Cf. O.S. throsla, O.H.G. droscala, Ger. Drossel thrush ), altered from (perhaps a dim. of) *thurstaz (see THRUSH (Cf. thrush)), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root …   Etymology dictionary

  • throstle — [thräs′əl] n. [ME < OE, akin to Ger drossel < IE base * trozdos > THRUSH1] 1. Now Chiefly Dial. SONG THRUSH 2. [from the humming sound it makes] any of various machines for spinning wool, etc …   English World dictionary

  • throstle — noun a) A song thrush. The throstle is by some believed to be the finest singing bird in Britain, on account of the sweetness, variety, and continuance of its melody. b) A machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., from the rove, consisting of a… …   Wiktionary

  • throstle — [ θrɒs(ə)l] noun 1》 Brit. old fashioned term for song thrush. 2》 (also throstle frame) historical a spinning machine having a continuous action for drawing and twisting yarn. Origin OE, of Gmc origin; sense 2 was appar. named from the humming… …   English new terms dictionary

  • throstle — n. 1 a song thrush. 2 (in full throstle frame) a machine for continuously spinning wool or cotton etc. Etymology: OE f. Gmc: rel. to THRUSH(1) …   Useful english dictionary

  • throstle — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English more at thrush Date: before 12th century thrush I; specifically song thrush …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • throstle — /thros euhl/, n. 1. Brit., Chiefly Literary. the song thrush. 2. Obs. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous. [bef. 900; ME, OE; c. D drossel, G Drossel; akin to ON throstr, L… …   Universalium

  • throstle — Cleveland Dialect List the thrush …   English dialects glossary

  • throstle — n. song thrush; old spinning machine used in the past for spinning cotton or wool fibers …   English contemporary dictionary

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