noun, plural mel·o·dies.
- 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.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for melody
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
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.
They frequently claimed credit for songs, even when they had borrowed chords, melody and lyrics.
The first is Cuomo's supernaturally precise sense of melody.Remembering Weezer’s ‘The Blue Album,’ A Garage Rock Classic, on Its 20th Anniversary|Andrew Romano|May 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not the melody only, but the often audacious, epigrammatic philosophy of her tongue as well, sold her calas and gingercakes.The Grandissimes|George Washington Cable
Do you regard every melody in a lively dance-rhythm as ballet music?The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
But it is in the national music of the Celtic race that we find the most familiar examples of melody symbolizing character.
For convenience sake, the last couplet of the first version is printed with the melody.
In consequence, every speech, even those from dry and desiccated lips, was coloured with the melody of hope.St. Cuthbert's|Robert E. Knowles
British Dictionary definitions for melody
noun plural -dies
- a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; tune
- the horizontally represented aspect of the structure of a piece of musicCompare harmony (def. 4b)