tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)
a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
"she was humming an air from Beethoven"
melody, tonal pattern(noun)
the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes
tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase
This song has a nice melody.
Origin: From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.
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.]
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The numerical value of melody in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of melody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Not everybody has to sing the melody.
Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.
Black keys of the piano give good sounds and the white keys give good sounds, but the combination of the two gives the best melody.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
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Translations for melody
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- آهنگ, ملودیPersian
- melodia, sävelFinnish
- fonn, port, mànranScottish Gaelic
- dallam, melódiaHungarian
- 調べ, 旋律, 歌曲Japanese
- melodia, melodiamLatin
- napev, мелодија, напев, melodijaSerbo-Croatian
- ezgi, melodiTurkish
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