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melody Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
    melodic phrase; air; melodic line; strain; line; tune.
    • she was humming an air from Beethoven
  2. noun the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes
    tonal pattern.

Mel"o*dy noun
OE. melodie, F. mélodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. a singing, choral song, fr. musical, melodious; song, tune + song. See Ode.
plural Melodies
  1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.
    Lulled with sound of sweetest melody. Shak.
  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 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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