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Meaning of psalm by Wiktionary Dictionary

psalm


    Etymology

    From Middle English salm or psalme, from Old English psealm, later reinforced from Old French psalme ( modern French psaume ), both from Latin psalmus, from Ancient Greek ψαλμός ( psalmos, “the sound emenating from twitching or twanging perhaps with the hands or fingers, mostly of musical strings” ) ( from ψάλλω ( psallo, “to make a sound by striking, touching, plucking, rubbing, twanging, or vibrating” ) ), but later in New Testament times the meaning of ψαλμός evolved from its Classical meaning of "a tune played to the harp" to a more general tune that could be played with any instrument; even a song sung with or without their accompaniment. By the Byzantine Period, it lost all of its instrumental characteristics .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /sɑːm/
    • ( US ) IPA: /sɑm/, /sɑlm/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːm

    Noun

    psalm ( plural: psalms )

    1. A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God .
    2. Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship .

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    Verb

    psalm ( third-person singular simple present psalms present participle psalming, simple past and past participle psalmed )

    1. To extol in psalms; to make music; to sing; as, psalming his praises .

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Explanation of psalm by Wordnet Dictionary

psalm


    Verb
    1. sing or celebrate in psalms

    2. He psalms the works of God
    Noun
    1. any sacred song used to praise the deity

    2. one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament



    Definition of psalm by GCIDE Dictionary

    psalm


    1. Psalm n. [OE. psalm, salm, AS. sealm, L. psalmus, psalma, fr. Gr. , , fr. to pull, twitch, to play upon a stringed instrument, to sing to the harp: cf. OF. psalme, salme, F. psaume.]
      1. A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God.

      Humus devout and holy psalms

      Singing everlastingly. Milton.

      2. Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.

    2. Psalm, v. t. To extol in psalms; to sing; as, “psalming his praises”. Sylvester.