Mel·o·dy n.; pl. 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.
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.
n 1: 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]