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  1. A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God.
  2. Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.
    1. To extol in psalms; to sing; as, psalming his praises.
      Etymology: Old English psealm, later reinforced from Old French psalme (modern psaume), both from Latin psalmus, from Ancient Greek (psalmos) originally "a twitching or twanging with the fingers, mostly of musical strings", from (psallo) "to touch sharply, to pluck, to pull, to twitch", but later in NTest. : "a song sung to the harp, a psalm".

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