- any of several horizontal members at the ends of a vessel for holding cant frames in position until the shell planking or plating is attached.
Origin of harping
- 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.
- anything that resembles this instrument, especially in having a row of parallel strings or wires, as various mechanical devices or kitchen implements for slicing cheese.
- a vertical metal frame shaped to bend around the bulb in a standing lamp and used to support a lamp shade.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person of Irish birth or descent.
- Also called harper. any of several English coins issued for use in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries, bearing the figure of a harp on the reverse.
- South Midland and Southern U.S. a mouth harp; harmonica.
- to play on a harp.
- harp on/upon, to dwell on persistently or tediously in speaking or writing: He was always harping on the importance of taking vitamin supplements.
Origin of harp
Examples from the Web for harping
“For three months he had been harping on that he had made a mistake and had lost his way,” she writes in May 2014.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
Harping about a Republican war on women while wages stagnate and growth sputters is trivial and desperate.Earth to DNC: Dyspeptic Dad Still Votes, Too
November 11, 2014
So are my Marlboros, which my wife has been harping on ever since I started up smoking again.This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs
July 28, 2014
There is nothing to be gained by harping on about events in 2002, however disconcerting those events were.Modi Crushes Gandhi in India’s Election Landslide
May 16, 2014
The sequester, tax increases, and the continual Republican harping on budget cuts have all caused damage to the labor market.Stock Market Soars on Fed’s Bond-Buying Announcement
September 18, 2013
I wish you are not indeed angry with me for harping so much on one string.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Nothing else could have such a fatal facility for harping on one string.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
"I don't see the use of your harping on that affair," said Hardman angrily.Klondike Nuggets
E. S. Ellis
I can't see why you keep on harping on his fitness for the place.A Man of Two Countries
Digging and mining will be done; so will harping and singing.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
- a large triangular plucked stringed instrument consisting of a soundboard connected to an upright pillar by means of a curved crossbar from which the strings extend downwards. The strings are tuned diatonically and may be raised in pitch either one or two semitones by the use of pedals (double-action harp). Basic key: B major; range: nearly seven octaves
- something resembling this, esp in shape
- an informal name (esp in pop music) for harmonica
- (intr) to play the harp
- (tr) archaic to speak; utter; express
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to speak or write in a persistent and tedious manner
Word Origin and History for harping
Old English hearpian; see harp (n.). Cognate with Middle Dutch, Dutch harpen, Middle High German harpfen, German harfen. Figurative sense of "talk overmuch" (about something) first recorded mid-15c., originally to harp upon one string. Related: Harped; harping.
Old English hearpe, from Proto-Germanic *kharpon- (cf. Old Saxon harpa "instrument of torture;" Old Norse harpa, Dutch harp, Old High German harpfa, German Harfe "harp"). Late Latin harpa, source of words in some Romanic languages, is a borrowing from Germanic. Meaning "harmonica" is from 1887, short for mouth-harp. The harp seal (1784) is so called for the harp-shaped markings on its back.