- George Gershwin's composition called "Rhapsody in Blue," an emotional musical piece, is an example of a rhapsody.
- Enthusiastic praise of an artist expressed by an ardent fan is an example of a rhapsody of praise.
- in ancient Greece, a part of an epic poem suitable for a single recitation
- any ecstatic or extravagantly enthusiastic utterance in speech or writing
- great delight; ecstasy
- Obs. a miscellany
- Music an instrumental composition of free, irregular form, suggesting improvisation
Origin of rhapsodyFrench r(h)apsodie ; from Classical Latin rhapsodia ; from Classical Greek rhaps?idia ; from rhaps?idos, one who strings songs together, reciter of epic poetry ; from rhaptein, to stitch together (; from Indo-European an unverified form werp-, an unverified form wrep-, extension of base an unverified form wer-, to turn, bend from source worm, wrap, ravel) + ?id?, song: see ode
- Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
- A literary work written in an impassioned or exalted style.
- A state of elated bliss; ecstasy.
- Music A usually instrumental composition of irregular form that often incorporates improvisation.
- An ancient Greek epic poem or a portion of one suitable for uninterrupted recitation.
Origin of rhapsodyLatin rhaps&omacron;dia, section of an epic poem, from Greek rhaps&omacron;idia, from rhaps&omacron;idein, to recite poems : rhaptein, rhaps-, to sew; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots + aoid&emacron;, &omacron;id&emacron;, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Latin rhapsÅdia, from Ancient Greek á¿¥Î±Ïˆá¿³Î´Î¯Î± (rhapsÅdia).
rhapsody - Computer Definition
(1) An earlier online music service that was the first to offer unlimited songs for a flat fee. It all started in 1999 with the development of a quality (for that time) music streaming engine first deployed by TuneTo.com Internet radio. TuneTo was acquired by Listen.com and renamed Rhapsody in late 2001. In 2003, RealNetworks acquired Listen.com, and Rhapsody was spun off as an independent company in 2010. Napster merged with Rhapsody in 2011 (see Napster).
(2) The code name of the next-generation operating system from Apple that evolved into Mac OS X. Rhapsody was a Unix-based operating system that supported the Mac OS (Blue Box) and OpenStep (Yellow Box) programming interface (API) from NeXT. See Mac OS X, Yellow Box and NeXT.