What does melody mean?

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ˈmɛl ə dimelody

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrasenoun

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  2. melody, tonal patternnoun

    the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes

Wiktionary

  1. melodynoun

    tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase

    This song has a nice melody.

  2. Melodynoun

    A female given name from English.

    Melody, for this, impossibly, was her mother's name, twinkled in a searching manner over the glasses.

  3. Etymology: From the noun melody; in regular use since the 20th century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. MELODYnoun

    Musick; harmony of sound.

    Etymology: μελωδία.

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Melodynoun

    a sweet or agreeable succession of sounds

  2. Melodynoun

    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

  3. Melodynoun

    the air or tune of a musical piece

Freebase

  1. Melody

    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

  1. Melody

    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′icn.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. melōdiamelos, a song, ōdē, a lay.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of melody in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of melody in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of melody in a Sentence

  1. Kahlil Gibran:

    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.

  2. Edwin Chow:

    This was the one people picked up, as it is easy for people to follow, with a simple message and easy melody.

  3. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    In stature arise those whose spirit moves to the melody, even the flow of time pauses for a glimpse when combine dance and life’s mysteries

  4. Jill Soloway:

    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.

  5. Robert Loggia:

    She very cleverly said,' I don't want you to look like trained dancers, but you do the melody and you... and Tom, you work it out for yourself. There will be no rehearsal and we'll be at FAO Schwarz about a month down the line and we're going to do it, and let's see what happens,' and that's why it's a movie-magic scene.

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