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melodic

Line breaks: me|lod¦ic
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɒdɪk
 
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Definition of melodic in English:

adjective

1Relating to or having melody: melodic and rhythmic patterns
More example sentences
  • In every class, teachers sing melodic patterns and chords that children imitate.
  • The simple melodic pattern of psalmody is often embellished, varied, or extended to generate more elaborate forms.
  • The second movement is a scherzo constructed primarily of five short melodic phrases.
1.1Pleasant-sounding: his voice was deep and melodic
More example sentences
  • At its root, Kingsbury Manx offers pleasant, melodic pop that is polished through and through.
  • Her voice sounded too hollow to be the melodic voice of those pleasant beings.
  • For those who like it mellow or melodic, Evelyn is their man.

Origin

early 19th century: from French mélodique, via late Latin from Greek melōidikos, from melōidia 'melody'.

Derivatives

melodically

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adverb
Example sentences
  • The first of the three sonatas on the program, Beethoven's no. 24, was delicate, melodically shaded, charming, and calm, with only the short final movement showing off any technical flair.
  • The most entertaining (if melodically repetitive) piece is ‘The Barnhouse Effect’.
  • And even though Oberst invokes cell phones and other touches of modernity, he manages to have written something melodically and emotionally timeless.

melodicism

2
Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɒdɪsɪz(ə)m
 
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noun
Example sentences
  • It goes for melodicism with a minimum of the trademark layered opacity.
  • It is hip hop shorn of repeated loops and minimalist beats shot through with a dose of stone cold melodicism.
  • But if the album ultimately suffers from a sameness of sound, that doesn't detract from its bright, insistent melodicism.

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