American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To write a melody for (a song lyric).
- v. To make melodious.
- v. To compose a melody.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make melodic or melodious.
- To compose or sing melodies.
- To make melody; harmonize.
- Also spelled melodise.
- v. intransitive To compose or play melodies
- v. transitive To make melodious; to write a melody for existing text
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make melodious; to form into, or set to, melody.
- v. To make melody; to compose melodies; to harmonize.
- v. supply a melody for
“The button had been there, waiting only to be pushed to reveal a long-hidden disembodied Bing, a ghost continuing to melodize somewhere just below the level of conscious hearing.”
“In England, where the sun is cooler, and a perpetual verdure reigns, infusing blue latently into the landscape, the sky is warmer and nearer to neutrality, partaking of a diversity of greys, which beautifully melodize with blue as their key, and harmonize with the light and landscape.”
“Let us worthily melodize in hymns the intelligent power of the divine and holy faith, the rivers golden-streamed, the all-bright lamps, the champions of the Trinity, the receptacles of the grace of the Holy Spirit, the immoveable pillars and supports of the church.”
“Let us melodize in divine hymns the apostles of Christ, the preachers of faith, as those who supplicate Christ for our souls.”
“Unto me desirous to melodize the choir of apostles, through their intercessions, grant, O Christ, as God, a ray of the All-holy Spirit and the light of Thy wisdom.”
“Do Thou that wast born of the Virgin, drown in the depth of impassivity the triformity of my soul -- those mighty strongholds, I implore Thee, that in the mortification of flesh as on a tymbal I may melodize a triumphant hymn unto Thee.”
“He holds that far away in the centre of a Circle of pure Light, the true God exists, -- a vast all glorious Being who with exceeding marvellous love controls and guides Creation toward some majestic end -- even as a musician doth melodize his thought from small sweet notes to perfect chord-woven harmonies.”
“Can any one say, after hearing this "Canzonetta sull 'aria," that it is unnatural to melodize conversation?”
“He only is a painter who can melodize and harmonize _hue_ -- if he fail in this, he is no member of the brotherhood.”
“Poets, my friend, are the most absolute impostors, .. they melodize their rhymed music on phases of emotion they have never experienced; as for instance our Lameate yonder will string a pretty sonnet on the despair of love, he knowing nothing of despair, .. he will write of a broken heart, his own being unpricked by so much as a pin's point of trouble; and he will speak in his verso of dying for love when he would not let his little finger ache for the sake of a woman who worshipped him!”
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