Ode meaning

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Ode is a poem that you sing or is a poem honoring a specific person or subject that is written in a clear lyrical style.

An example of an ode is William Wordsworth's Imitations of Immortality.

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A lyric poem of some length, usually of a serious or meditative nature and having an elevated style and formal stanzaic structure.
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Way; path.

Electrode.

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A poem written to be sung.
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In modern use, a lyric poem, rhymed or unrhymed, typically addressed to some person or thing and usually characterized by lofty feeling, elaborate form, and dignified style.
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Electrode.

Dynode.

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Way, path.

Electrode.

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Something that resembles (a specified thing)

Phyllode, nematode.

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A short poetical composition proper to be set to music or sung; a lyric poem; especially, now, a poem characterized by sustained noble sentiment and appropriate dignity of style.

Ode on a Grecian Urn—Keats.

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Origin of ode

  • Gr -ōdēs, ōdes < -ō-, ending of base or thematic vowel + -eidēs, like, -oid

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • < Gr hodos, path, way < IE base *sed-, to go > L cedere

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • French choric song from Old French from Late Latin ōdē, ōda from Greek aoidē, ōidē song wed-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek -odos from hodos Sense 2, from (an)ode (cath)ode (electr)ode etc.

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek ᾠδή (ōidē, “song”).

    From Wiktionary