Theme

Definition of Theme

n.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 Plowman.
It was the subject of my theme.
- Shak.
3.A composition or essay required of a pupil.
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.
6.(Mus.) The leading subject of a composition or a movement.

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