from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or containing melody.

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  • adj. of, relating to, or having melody
  • adj. melodious, tuneful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of melody; relating to, containing, or made up of, melody; melodious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music: Melodious; pertaining to a pleasing succession of sounds.
  • Pertaining to melody as distinguished from harmony and rhythm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody
  • adj. of or relating to melody


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melody +‎ -ic, 19th century


  • -- Next to the recognition and comparison of the different melodic sections of a composition (in a word, the _melodic delineation_ of the whole), the most significant task in music analysis is the locating and classifying of the cadences.

    Lessons in Music Form A Manual of Analysis of All the Structural Factors and Designs Employed in Musical Composition

  • One tone, one chord, a single movement, three, four notes in melodic succession, are in their musical apperception the substratum of such unutterable and intense musical emotion that it becomes practically impossible in these sound-areas to make music freely and completely in the manner of Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, or Palestrina.

    Banishing silence

  • The album is often described as melodic and soulful, drawing on complex guitar riffs, solid drum beats, upright bass playing, gritty B-3 organ, and vintage electric pianos.

    San Francisco Sentinel

  • While I would never call his music "melodic" --he's not a tunesmith-- as he grew older it acquired a patina of lyricism that I really enjoy.


  • More generally, Regis' preference for chanson-like melodies in his Latin-texted works recalling the melodic styles of Du Fay and especially Binchois sets him apart from his contemporaries and may be related to his extended personal contact with these composers.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • I can play a tune if I recall a melodic and harmonic impression of it – people request songs all the time that I forgot I knew, but there they are in my memory.

    Disneyland’s Ragtime Pianist: Michael Pollock | The Disney Blog

  • ED GORDON, host: The unmistakable voice that once described as a melodic whisper has drifted into silence.

    A Tribute to Jazz Vocalist Shirley Horn

  • Prof. GARDNER: Stravinsky is the person early in this century who essentially undid music which we would call melodic or harmonic.

    Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of Four Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of Our Own Extraordinariness

  • The song - about seeing the world anew after a period of darkness - is full of awe and self-discovery, the chorus 'broad melody line recalling the melodic clarity of Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder.

    Mercury Falling

  • Instrumentalist, teacher, performer and award-winning folklorist, Pearlman is both a pioneer of the five-string banjo style known as melodic clawhammer and a master of finger-style guitar.

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