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[rap-suh-dee] /ˈræp sə di/
noun, plural rhapsodies.
Music. an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation.
an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm.
an epic poem, or a part of such a poem, as a book of the Iliad, suitable for recitation at one time.
a similar piece of modern literature.
an unusually intense or irregular poem or piece of prose.
Archaic. a miscellaneous collection; jumble.
Origin of rhapsody
1535-45; < Latin rhapsōdia < Greek rhapsōidía recital of epic poetry, equivalent to rhapsōid(ós) rhapsodist + -ia -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And he launched into a rhapsody that need not here be given at length.

  • The rhapsody, although genuine enough, was not satisfying to the wife.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • Having finished this rhapsody, Entragues wrote the beginning of the story of Gaetan Solange, which had long tormented him.

    Very Woman Remy de Gourmont
  • With the purpose which the author had in view, a spice of rhapsody is no defect.

  • Save for the tingling satire of the violin-strings, his rhapsody might easily have lapsed to madness.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • You may say, perhaps, that this is rhapsody; but what is love without rhapsody?

    She and I, Volume 1 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • The influence of Renan is manifest through the whole of this rhapsody, which is unique among the writings of its author.

  • During this rhapsody, her hand had been on the handle of the door.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
  • Ulysses, the Odyssey tells us, occasionally took the lyre in his own hand and sang a rhapsody of his own adventures.

British Dictionary definitions for rhapsody


noun (pl) -dies
(music) a composition free in structure and highly emotional in character
an expression of ecstatic enthusiasm
(in ancient Greece) an epic poem or part of an epic recited by a rhapsodist
a literary work composed in an intense or exalted style
rapturous delight or ecstasy
(obsolete) a medley
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek rhapsōidia, from rhaptein to sew together + ōidē song
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rhapsody

1540s, "epic poem," from Middle French rhapsodie, from Latin rhapsodia, from Greek rhapsoidia "verse composition, recitation of epic poetry; a book, a lay, a canto," from rhapsodos "reciter of epic poems," literally "one who stitches or strings songs together," from rhaptein "to stitch, sew, weave" (see wrap (v.)) + oide "song" (see ode). Meaning "exalted enthusiastic feeling or expression" is from 1630s. Meaning "sprightly musical composition" is first recorded 1850s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rhapsody in Technology
operating system
Apple Computer, Inc.'s next-generation operating system for PowerPC processor-based systems capable of running Mac OS. Rhapsody includes four components: the Core OS, the Blue Box (the implementation of the Mac OS within Rhapsody), the Yellow Box, and the Advanced Mac Look and Feel.
"Rhapsody for Intel" runs on Intel processors [which ones?]. It includes the Core OS, the Yellow Box, and the Advanced Mac Look and Feel, but lacks the Blue Box and therefore is unable to run Mac OS software.
"Rhapsody Developer Release" is a developer-only release of Rhapsody, scheduled for release in late 1997. It will go to all members of the Macintosh Developer Program and the Apple Media Program worldwide who have signed nondisclosure agreements.
"Rhapsody Premier Release" will be the second release of Rhapsody, scheduled for early 1998. It is meant for early adopters and will include a partially finished human interface and a partial implementation of the Blue Box.
"Rhapsody Unified Release" will be the third release, scheduled for mid-1998. It will be the first public release, and it will include the first full implementation of the Rhapsody human interface and the Blue Box.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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