Rhap"so*dy (?), n.; pl. Rhapsodies (#). [F. rhapsodie, L. rhapsodia, Gr. , fr. a rhapsodist; to sew, stith together, unite + a song. See Ode.]


A recitation or song of a rhapsodist; a portion of an epic poem adapted for recitation, or usually recited, at one time; hence, a division of the Iliad or the Odyssey; -- called also a book.


A disconnected series of sentences or statements composed under excitement, and without dependence or natural connection; rambling composition.

"A rhapsody of words." Shak. "A rhapsody of tales."


3. Mus.

A composition irregular in form, like an improvisation; as, Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsodies."


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