(Mel"ne) n. A mill. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Mel`o*co*ton", Mel`o*co*toon") n. [Sp. melocoton a kind of peach tree and its fruit, L.
malum cotonium, or cotonea, or Cydonia, a quince, or quince tree, lit., apple of Cydonia, Gr. . See
Quince.] (Bot.) (a) A quince. (b) A kind of peach having one side deep red, and the flesh yellow.
[Written also malacatoon, malacotune.]
(Me*lo"de*on) n. [NL., fr. Gr. musical. See Melody, and cf. Odeon.]
1. (Mus.) A kind of small reed organ; a portable form of the seraphine.
2. A music hall.
(Me*lod"ic) a. [L. melodicus, Gr. : cf. F. mélodique.] Of the nature of melody; relating to, containing,
or made up of, melody; melodious.
(Me*lod"ics) n. The department of musical science which treats of the pitch of tones, and of
the laws of melody.
(Me*lo"di*o*graph) n. [Melody + -graph.] A contrivance for preserving a record of music,
by recording the action of the keys of a musical instrument when played upon.
(Me*lo"di*ous) a. [Cf. F. mélodieux. See Melody.] Containing, or producing, melody; musical; agreeable
to the ear by a sweet succession of sounds; as, a melodious voice. "A melodious voice." "A melodious
undertone." Longfellow. Me*lo"di*ous*ly, adv. Me*lo"di*ous*ness, n.
(Mel"o*dist) n. [Cf. F. mélodiste.] A composer or singer of melodies.
(Mel"o*dize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Melodized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Melodizing ] To make melodious; to
form into, or set to, melody.
(Mel"o*dize), v. i. To make melody; to compose melodies; to harmonize.
(Mel`o*dra"ma) n. [F. mélodrame, fr. Gr. me`los song + dra^ma drama.] Formerly, a kind
of drama having a musical accompaniment to intensify the effect of certain scenes. Now, a drama abounding
in romantic sentiment and agonizing situations, with a musical accompaniment only in parts which are
especially thrilling or pathetic. In opera, a passage in which the orchestra plays a somewhat descriptive
accompaniment, while the actor speaks; as, the melodrama in the gravedigging scene of Beethoven's
(Mel`o*dra*mat"ic) a. [Cf. F. mélodramatique.] Of or pertaining to melodrama; like or
suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action. Mel`o*dra*mat"ic*al*ly adv.
(Mel`o*dram"a*tist) n. One who acts in, or writes, melodramas.
(Mel"o*drame) n. [F.] Melodrama.
(Mel"o*dy) n.; pl. Melodies [OE. melodie, F. mélodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. a singing, choral
song, fr. musical, melodious; me`los song, tune + song. See Ode.]
1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.
Lulled with sound of sweetest melody.Shak.