- the succession of single tones in musical compositions, as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.
- the principal part in a harmonic composition; the air.
- a rhythmical succession of single tones producing a distinct musical phrase or idea.
Origin of melody
synonym study for melody
OTHER WORDS FROM melodymel·o·dy·less, adjectiveun·der·mel·o·dy, noun, plural un·der·mel·o·dies.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH melodymalady, melody
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How to use melody in a sentence
The Google Magenta team, which makes machine-learning tools for the creative process, has made models that help you compose melodies, and tools that help you sketch cats.Create your own moody quarantine music with Google’s AI|Karen Hao|September 4, 2020|MIT Technology Review
I’d get a melody in my head and I would wonder if I could turn it into a song.
Without an idea of how neural circuits work and in what sequences, zapping the brain with electricity—no matter how cool the device itself is—is akin to banging on all the keys of a piano at once, rather than composing a beautiful melody.Neuralink’s Wildly Anticipated New Brain Implant: the Hype vs. the Science|Shelly Fan|September 1, 2020|Singularity Hub
Similar to a piano melody, a single wrong note may not ruin the entire song—or in the case of glomeruli, the perception of a smell.A Highway to Smell: How Scientists Used Light to Incept Smell in Mice|Shelly Fan|July 1, 2020|Singularity Hub
Together, the individual spots the researchers stimulated built the perception of the odor, just as a string of notes makes a melody.How to make a mouse smell a smell that doesn’t actually exist|Laura Sanders|June 18, 2020|Science News
A department store piano melody plays in the background while he admires everything he can see.Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas from Abominable Killjoys (Other Christians)|Brandy Zadrozny|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had to play melody while simultaneously playing harmony with him.
Arriving at the Melody Ballroom, the atmosphere was a frenzy of joy, jubilation and holy bedlam.
He probably heard the song during a Brazilian tour, and the melody simply stayed in his head.
When Paul McCartney came up with the melody to “Yesterday,” he initially feared that it was an old song that he was recalling.
The flute and the psaltery make a sweet melody, but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
And the singers lifted up their voices, and in the great house the sound of sweet melody was increased.
Don't you remember my saying that Liszt had such an extraordinary way of playing a melody?Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The mirth of timbrels hath ceased, the noise of them that rejoice is ended, the melody of the harp is silent.
The melody or tune is played on one of the pipes furnished with holes for the purpose, while the other three give a drone, bass.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for melody
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
- the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of musicCompare harmony (def. 4b)