Melody

Mel"o*dy

(?), n.;
pl. Melodies (#).
[OE. melodie, F. mlodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. a singing, choral song, fr. musical, melodious; me`los song, tune + song. See Ode.]
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1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.
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Lulled with sound of sweetest melody.
Shak.
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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.
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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.
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3. The air or tune of a musical piece.
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Syn. -- See Harmony.
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