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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Melody \Mel"o*dy\, n.; pl. Melodies. [OE. melodie, F. m['e]lodie, L. melodia, fr. Gr. ? a singing, choral song, fr. ? musical, melodious; me`los song, tune + ? song. See Ode.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds. [1913 Webster] Lulled with sound of sweetest melody. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) A rhythmical succession of single tones, ranging for the most part within a given key, and so related together as to form a musical whole, having the unity of what is technically called a musical thought, at once pleasing to the ear and characteristic in expression. [1913 Webster] Note: Melody consists in a succession of single tones; harmony is a consonance or agreement of tones, also a succession of consonant musical combinations or chords. [1913 Webster] 3. The air or tune of a musical piece. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Harmony. [1913 Webster]