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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
soulful voice/vocals/melody etc
▪ his powerful, soulful voice
▪ Yorick had discarded the strong rhythms, the simple melodies and the accessible lyrics which characterized the first phase of his career.
▪ I loved the simple harmonic melodies, and wondered why I seldom hear anything as good on the radio.
▪ Ortiz is capable of investing the simplest melody with qualities of grandeur.
▪ I wrote all my own songs, and they are just simple melodies with a lot of lyrics.
▪ The second violin plays the inverted melody in A, and the first violin the inverted accompaniment in E.
▪ I play a lot of third-based melodies.
▪ Normally a mouth organ or a piano accordion accompanies the music and plays the melody.
▪ In general, we have been writing about those melodies which are complete and have a well-defined entirety.
▪ These two raccoon-eyed psychos have lost none of their no-holds-barred energy or their penchant for writing catchy melodies.
▪ So I repeat: write a melody first, then harmonize it later.
▪ Literally when I would be writing the melody, the ly-rics would come at the exact same time.
▪ Others act like musical word processors, allowing the composer to write a melody and instantly hear what it sounds like.
▪ The duties of Team Enya break down this way: The artist writes the melodies and sings.
▪ "Deutschlandlied" is based on the melody from a work by Haydn.
Melody is not the central element in Martino's compositions - rhythm is more important.
▪ The song has a simple melody and beautiful lyrics.
▪ A lot of pretty melodies with some frayed edges.
▪ As the melody soared and spiralled, Ari and Nathan spun within it, reaching for the highest notes.
▪ But spiking the sugar with vinegar, and layering distortion over melody, is the Alternative Formula nowadays.
▪ He first states the melody, then improvises, with ingenuity.
▪ He was sitting on a tall stool by the window, picking out fragments of old melodies on a twelve string Yamaha.
▪ Over the blare of a popular movie melody, a marketer invites shoppers to the vehicle.
▪ The melody was free of clutter, without filigree, stripped to its barest line.
▪ To be part of that melody of infinite chimes of light!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Melody \Mel"o*dy\, n.; pl. Melodies. [OE. melodie, F. m['e]lodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. ? a singing, choral song, fr. ? musical, melodious; me`los song, tune + ? song. See Ode.]

  1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.

    Lulled with sound of sweetest melody.

  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.

    Note: 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., from Old French melodie "music, song, tune" (12c.), from Late Latin melodia, from Greek meloidia "a singing, a chanting, choral song, a tune for lyric poetry," from melos "song, part of song" (see melisma) + oide "song, ode" (see ode).


n. tune; sequence of notes that makes up a musical phrase

  1. n. a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven" [syn: tune, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase]

  2. the perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes [syn: tonal pattern]

Melody (1971 film)

Melody is a 1971 British film directed by Waris Hussein about " puppy love". It was released as S.W.A.L.K. in the United Kingdom (S.W.A.L.K. is a message traditionally written on the envelopes of love letters by British schoolchildren, standing for Sealed With A Loving Kiss). The film starred Jack Wild, Mark Lester and Tracy Hyde. Although the film was a box office disappointment in both the United States and Britain, it turned out to be an enormous hit in Japan as well as in some Latin American countries such as Argentina and Chile.

Melody (disambiguation)

A melody is a series or progression of musical notes over time.

Melody or Melodies may also refer to:

Melody (Japanese singer)

Melody (born February 24, 1982) (stylized melody.) is an American-born former Japanese pop singer and television host. She debuted in February 2003 with the song " Dreamin' Away", under Toy's Factory. In October 2008, Melody announced on her blog ending her career as a music artist to focus on pursuing a career as a fashion designer.

Melody (Sounds Real)

"Melody: Sounds Real" is the second single from Ayaka.

The B-side track, "Blue Days", was used as an insert song for the Japanese dorama suppli/supply. The single was limited to a special 50,000 copy printing and has sold 24,466 copies.

Melody (Belgian singer)

Nathalie Lefebvre (born T'Sobbel on 20 January 1977), known under the name of Melody, is a Belgian singer. She sang in French.


A melody (from Greek μελῳδία, melōidía, "singing, chanting"), 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 composition in various forms. Melodies may also be described by their melodic motion or the pitches or the intervals between pitches (predominantly conjunct or disjunct or with further restrictions), pitch range, tension and release, continuity and coherence, cadence, and shape.

Melody (Spanish singer)

Melodía Ruiz Gutiérrez (born October 12, 1990 in Dos Hermanas, Spain), better known in the Spanish music world as Melody, is an international pop singer widely known in Latin America for her popular debut single "El Baile de Los Gorilas", released in 2001.

She has travelled to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, Chile, Texas and Miami for concerts and award ceremonies. She has sold a combined 10 million copies of her albums worldwide.

Some close relatives used to belong to a music group named Los Kiyos. Her parents are former dancer Ana Gutiérrez and singer Los Kiyos Lorenzo Ruiz.

Melody (soundtrack)

Melody is the album soundtrack of the film Melody. or S.W.A.L.K. as it was named in the U.K. It was released in 1971 and is performed by the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Barry Howard (a.k.a. Al Barry) of Desmond Dekker's backing group, the Aces. It reached #1 on the Japanese charts and sold 250,000 copies worldwide. The song "In The Morning" was a song recorded in 1965 by The Bee Gees, but re-recorded in 1970 for the soundtrack, changing the title to " Morning of my Life", though credited here with its original title. The songs "Melody Fair", "First of May", and "Give Your Best" were released in 1969 on their album '' Odessa.

Melody (Sharleen Spiteri album)

Melody is the debut solo album by Sharleen Spiteri, lead singer of the Scottish band Texas. It was released on 14 July 2008 and peaked at number three in the UK Albums Chart.

Melody (1953 film)

Melody is a 1953 Walt Disney short cartoon film, originally released on May 28, 1953. It was the first cartoon filmed in 3D. It was shown at Disneyland in the Fantasyland Theater as part of the 3D Jamboree. This film was the first in a proposed series of shorts teaching the principles of music, called Adventures in Music. Only one other film in the series was made, Toot, Whistle, Plunk, and Boom. The characters would go on to feature in Disney's Sing Along Songs.

Walt Disney was always a fan of music, and it shows in all of his movies and short films. He said: "There's a terrific power to music. You can run any of these pictures and they'd be dragging and boring, but the minute you put music behind them, they have life and validity they don't get any other way." - Walt Disney.

Melody (magazine)

, stylized as MELODY is a Japanese josei manga magazine published on odd numbered months of the 28th by Hakusensha.

Melody (Masaharu Fukuyama song)

"Melody" is the seventh single by Japanese artist Masaharu Fukuyama. It was released on June 2, 1993.

Melody (grape)

Melody is a hybrid white wine grape variety produced from a cross of Seyval blanc and a grape called Geneva White 5, which is itself a cross between Pinot blanc and Ontario. Melody produces a light white with notes of peach and honeysuckle, and refreshing acidity, even at low sugar levels (0.7%-0.6% RS).

The grape is noted for its resistance to powdery mildew and Botrytis, although downy mildew has been noted on leaves and clusters. It grows well in both sandy and clay loam

Melody (TV series)

Melody is a British preschool mixed-media music childseries created by Luke Howard, and produced by Wish Films and LAAH Entertainment for the BBC. Designed with disabled children in mind, it features a little girl with a visual impairment as the main character.

Melody was developed with help from the RNIB Pears Centre in Coventry, which supports children with sight problems and additional needs. While helping to create the programme, the Pears Centre conducted research into animation and soundtracks that are easier for blind and partially sighted people to follow.

Melody (building)

Melody is the name of a residential high-rise under construction in the Omni neighborhood of Miami, Florida, U.S.A. The building will rise about with 36 floors and contain nearly 500 rental units. It is located about one block from the Adrienne Arsht Center/Omni Metromover and Metrobus hub.

Melody (2014 film)

'Melody ' is a 2014 Belgian drama film directed by Bernard Bellefroid. It was written by Bellefroid and Carine Zimmerlin. It was nominated for four Magritte Awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Bellefroid.

Melody (Brazilian singer)

Gabriella Abreu Severino (born 2006), better known as Melody, is a Brazilian singer.

Usage examples of "melody".

The rhythm of alternating dawn and sunset, the strophe and antistrophe still perceptible through all the sudden shifts of our dithyrambic seasons and echoed in corresponding floral harmonies, made melody in the soul of Abel, the plain serving-man.

Gellor left off the runs and rills, playing instead a melody and singing a ballad that bespoke the comradery and gladness of a forest camp at the coming of night.

What chiefly lives in it are certain poignant phrases, certain eloquent bars, a glowing, winey bit of color here, a velvety phrase for the oboe or the clarinet, a sharp, brassy, pricking horn-call, a dreamy, wandering melody for the voice there.

For each of these sub-spaces, and for each melody, we can define a flow of motion in a hypothetical cortical map that represents the subspace.

But though her instinctive belief in the universality of melody and harmony had convinced her that a devout witch could find a place in a program that used as its source material the monodic compositions of the Catholic Church, she simply could not see herself singing the praises of a God whose Church had, in the course of three or four centuries, overseen the slaughter of nine million of her kind.

The monody and empyrical tonality of the ancients gave place to polyphony and harmonized melodies resting upon the relations of tones in key.

Celtic singers and harpers was one of the most important of all the forces operative in the transformation of the art from the monody of the ancients to the expressive melody and rich harmony of modern music.

They at any rate perceived that the vital fact concerning the new monophonic style was that the melody alone demanded individual independence, while the other parts could not, as in polyphony, ask for equal suffrage, but must sink themselves in the solid and concrete structure of the supporting chord.

And then--then, when, poring over forbidden pages, I felt a forbidden spirit enkindling within me--would Morella place her cold hand upon my own, and rake up from the ashes of a dead philosophy some low, singular words, whose strange meaning burned themselves in upon my memory--and then hour after hour would I linger by her side and dwell upon the music of her voice--until, at length, its melody was tainted with terror--and fell like a shadow upon my soul--and I grew pale, and shuddered inwardly at those too unearthly tones.

The Mazurs are musically a highly gifted nation, and Chopin was impressed early in life with the quaint originality of their melodies.

One evening, camped at the edge of a deep wood, Tristran heard something he had never heard before: a beautiful melody, plangent and strange.

It was the melody Canon Tallis had whistled for Poly at the Hotel Plaza.

I awoke them from preconsciousness and released them to the light as crude melodies.

Meanwhile, almost giddy with anticipation and precursive spasms of sensation, Melody clung on to the phone and to the wall beside her for support.

Sitting amid the shrouds and rattlins, in the tranquillity of the moonlight, churming an inarticulate melody, he seemed almost apparitional, suggesting dim reminiscences of him who shot the albatross.