Definitions for: Theme

[n] a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
[n] (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
[n] an essay (especially one written as an assignment); "he got an A on his composition"
[n] the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"
[n] (music) melodic subject of a musical composition; "the theme is announced in the first measures"; "the accompanist picked up the idea and elaborated it"

Webster (1913) Definition: Theme, n. [OE. teme, OF. teme, F. th[`e]me, L. thema,
Gr. ?, fr. ? to set, place. See Do, and cf. Thesis.]
1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a
proposition for discussion or argument; a text.

My theme is alway one and ever was. --Chaucer.

And when a soldier was the theme, my name Was not
far off. --Shak.

2. Discourse on a certain subject.

Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme. --Piers

It was the subject of my theme. --Shak.

3. A composition or essay required of a pupil. --Locke.

4. (Gram.) A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also,
that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged
(except by euphonic variations) in declension or
conjugation; stem.

5. That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument.
[Obs.] --Swift.

6. (Mus.) The leading subject of a composition or a movement.

Synonyms: base, composition, idea, melodic theme, motif, musical theme, paper, radical, report, root, root word, stem, subject, topic

See Also: air, content, essay, form, head, idea, incidental music, keynote, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, message, motif, motive, precedent, question, signifier, statement, strain, subject matter, substance, term paper, thought, tune, variation, word form, writing assignment, written assignment

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