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descant

des·cant

descant

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
pronunciation: de skaent
definition 1: a secondary, usu. higher, melody that is played or sung at the same time as the chief melody.
She played the descant to the carols on a recorder.
definition 2: a discussion or a variation on any given subject.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
pronunciation: dih skaent
inflections: descanted, descanting, descants
definition 1: to sing, esp. to sing a descant.
definition 2: to make lengthy comments on a given subject.
similar words:
expound
derivation: descanter (n.)