What does Melody mean?
Definitions for Melody
ˈmɛl ə dimelody
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Melody.
tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrasenoun
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
melody, tonal patternnoun
the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes
tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase
This song has a nice melody.
A female given name from English.
Melody, for this, impossibly, was her mother's name, twinkled in a searching manner over the glasses.
Etymology: From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Musick; harmony of sound.
The prophet David having singular knowledge not in poetry alone but in musick also, judged them both to be things most necessary for the house of God, left behind him for that purpose a number of divinely indited poems, and was farther the author of adding unto poetry melody in publick prayer, melody both vocal and instrumental, for the raising up of mens hearts, and the sweetening of their affections towards God. Richard Hooker, b. v.
Singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord. Eph. v. 19.
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
And husht with buzzing night flies to thy slumber;
Than in the perfum’d chambers of the great,
And lull’d with sounds of sweetest melody. William Shakespeare.
Lend me your songs, ye nightingales: Oh pour
The mazy-running soul of melody
Into my varied verse. James Thomson, Spring, l. 570.
A melody (from Greek μελῳδία, melōidía, "singing, chanting"), also tune, voice or line, is a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. In its most literal sense, a melody is a combination of pitch and rhythm, while more figuratively, the term can include other musical elements such as tonal color. It is the foreground to the background accompaniment. A line or part need not be a foreground melody. Melodies often consist of one or more musical phrases or motifs, and are usually repeated throughout a composition in various forms. Melodies may also be described by their melodic motion or the pitches or the intervals between pitches (predominantly conjunct or disjunct or with further restrictions), pitch range, tension and release, continuity and coherence, cadence, and shape.
a sweet or agreeable succession of sounds
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
the air or tune of a musical piece
A melody, also tune, voice, or line, is a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. In its most literal sense, a melody is a combination of pitch and rhythm, while more figuratively, the term can include successions of other musical elements such as tonal color. It may be considered the foreground to the background accompaniment. A line or part need not be a foreground melody. Melodies often consist of one or more musical phrases or motifs, and are usually repeated throughout a song or piece in various forms. Melodies may also be described by their melodic motion or the pitches or the intervals between pitches, pitch range, tension and release, continuity and coherence, cadence, and shape.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
mel′o-di, n. an air or tune: music: an agreeable succession of single musical sounds, as distinguished from harmony or the concord of a succession of simultaneous sounds.—n. Melō′deon, a small reed organ: an improved variety of the accordeon.—adj. Melod′ic—n.pl. Melod′ics, the branch of music concerned with melody.—adj. Melō′dious, full of melody: agreeable to the ear.—adv. Melō′diously.—n. Melō′diousness.—v.t. Mel′odise, to make melodious: to reduce to the form of a melody.—v.i. to compose or sing melodies.—n. Mel′odist. [Fr.,—Late L.—Gr. melōdia—melos, a song, ōdē, a lay.]
Song lyrics by melody -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by melody on the Lyrics.com website.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Melody is ranked #28023 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Melody surname appeared 855 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Melody.
92.6% or 792 total occurrences were White.
2.8% or 24 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.9% or 17 total occurrences were Black.
1.4% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.
1.1% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
The numerical value of Melody in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Melody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of Melody in a Sentence
The Residents "Duck Stab":Bach is Dead:
Walking women want to see the southern cross at night And so they set aside a sock, and tie their laces tight Yes mournful is the melody that echoes in their heads Without a beat they march along, believing Bach is dead.
The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody.
When the time came to bring the' Transparent' journey to a close, it was clear that saying goodbye to Maura Pfefferman was our path forward, in this musical finale, we dramatize the death of Maura Pfefferman in an odyssey of comedy and melancholy told through the joyful prism of melody and dance.
Dance is the place that you visit to remove any anxiety while moving to your favorite melody
Even before children can speak, they know how to communicate for a certain melody to be played over and over again, it's a way of calming and organizing young brains.
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Translations for Melody
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- آهنگ, ملودیPersian
- melodia, sävelFinnish
- port, mànran, fonnScottish Gaelic
- dallam, melódiaHungarian
- 調べ, 歌曲, 旋律Japanese
- melodia, melodiamLatin
- melodija, напев, мелодија, napevSerbo-Croatian
- melodi, ezgiTurkish
- giai điệu êm áiVietnamese
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