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Webster 1913 Edition


Melody

Mel′o-dy

,
Noun.
;
pl.
Melodies
(#)
.
[OE.
melodie
, F.
mélodie
, L.
melodia
, fr. Gr. [GREEK] a singing, choral song, fr. [GREEK] musical, melodious;
μέλοσ
song, tune + [GREEK] song. See
Ode
.]
1.
A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.
Lulled with sound of sweetest
melody
.
Shakespeare
2.
(Mus.)
A rhythmical succession of single tones, ranging for the most part within a given key, and so related together as to form a musical whole, having the unity of what is technically called a musical thought, at once pleasing to the ear and characteristic in expression.
Melody consists in a succession of single tones; harmony is a consonance or agreement of tones, also a succession of consonant musical combinations or chords.
3.
The air or tune of a musical piece.
Syn. – See
Harmony
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Melody

MEL'ODY

,
Noun.
[Gr. a limb, or a song, an ode; L. melos.]
An agreeable succession of sounds; a succession of sounds so regulated and modulated as to please the ear. To constitute melody, the sounds must be arranged according to the laws of rhythms, measure, or the due proportion of the movements to each other. Melody differs from harmony, as it consists in the agreeable succession and modulation of sounds by a single voice; whereas harmony consists in the accordance of different voices or sounds. Melody is vocal or instrumental.
To make melody in the heart, to praise God with a joyful and thankful disposition, ascribing to him the honor due to his name. Eph.5.

Definition 2021


Melody

Melody

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English

Proper noun

Melody

  1. A female given name.
    • 2000 Anne Enright, What Are You Like?, Random House (2001), ISBN 9780099284345, page 150:
      Melody, for this, impossibly, was her mother's name, twinkled in a searching manner over the glasses.

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melody

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Noun

melody (plural melodies)

  1. tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase
    • 1954, Alexander Alderson, chapter 1, in The Subtle Minotaur:
      Slowly she turned round and faced towards a neat white bungalow, set some way back from the path behind a low hedge of golden privet. No light showed, but someone there was playing the piano. The strange elusiveness of the soft, insistent melody seemed to draw her forward.

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  • (sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase): tune

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