descant [n., adj. des-kant; v. des-kant, dis-]
a. a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme and usually written above it.
b. (in part music) the soprano.
c. a song or melody.
2. a variation upon anything; comment on a subject.
3. Music (chiefly British)
a. soprano: a descant recorder.
b. treble: a descant viol.
verb (used without object)
4. Music. to sing.
5. to comment or discourse at great length.
Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English discant, descaunt < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin discanthus, equivalent to Latin dis- dis- + cantus song; see chant
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