American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Confused, hand-to-hand fighting in a pitched battle.
- n. A violent free-for-all. See Synonyms at brawl.
- n. A confused tumultuous mingling, as of a crowd: the rush-hour melee.
- n. Hand-to-hand combat; mano a mano.
- n. A naval or armor battle at an abnormally close range, extending even to disorganized crowds of people or traffic jams, using no ammunition.
- n. A noisy or heated fight, argument or scrap
- v. video games, slang to physically hit, as opposed to shooting or blowing up.
- Borrowed from French mêlée, from Old French meslee, feminine past participle of mesler ("to mix"), derived from Latin misceō ("mix"). (Wiktionary)
- French mêlée, from Old French meslee, past participle of mesler, to mix; see meddle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I'm finally getting around to leveling/playing a warlock myself (just hit 77 yesterday) and I must say turning into a demon and joining my axe wielding friend in melee is ever so much fun.”
“We did at last contrive to do so; we invented what we call the melee, and our revised rules in the event of a melee will be found set out upon a later page.”
“Melee: Pistols may be used as saps and muskets as clubs in melee combat, but they are reasonably fragile and whenever you roll a natural 1 on the attack roll the weapon is broken.”
“Gears of War 2 seems to feature more giant enemies specializing in melee, like the Butcher who wields a giant machete.”
“Gahz'rilla gave us a run for our money, because of his habit of throwing the people who are in melee with him high up into the air and then taking out his rage on the mage or the priest.”
“The first thing we learned is that the head is so heavy (being chunkier than a battle-axe) that the thing is pretty useless in melee — it is just too unwieldy.”
“But by the time the melee is in full effect, everyone and everything on the screen is computer-generated - including the perspective of the camera itself, steering at 2,000 miles per hour and screaming through arcs that would tear any physical camera apart.”
“Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do at this point, as I am locked in melee with several other Liburnians and depeleted in crew.”
“About 15 minutes later, two boys, ages 14 and 15, who were leaving a McDonald's restaurant, also in the 200 block of South State, encountered what police described as a melee -- perhaps the same one the other boy walked into -- and tried to get away, said Police Officer Laura Kubiak.”
“Turns out one of those ejected from the ballpark in the melee was the husband of the woman who'd been occupying our seats when we arrived.”
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