descant descant

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
  2. (v) sing in descant
  3. (v) sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
  4. (v) talk at great length about something of one's interest

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Usage(s):

  1. Broken down, the Mississippi vote had an unmistakable racial descant and unmistakable limits for Obama.
  2. Incense hangs in the air as the choir's descant reverberates off the highly polished walls of the Greek-style interior.
  3. A brass choir picks up fragments of the tune, while a boys' chorus adds a heavenly descant of Kyrie Eleison.

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