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Mellow adjective [ Compar. Mellower ; superl. Mellowest .] [ Middle English melwe ; confer Anglo-Saxon mearu soft, Dutch murw , Prov. German mollig soft, Dutch malsch , and English meal flour.]


1. Soft or tender by reason of ripeness; having a tender pulp; as, a mellow apple.

2. Hence: (a) Easily worked or penetrated; not hard or rigid; as, a mellow soil. " Mellow glebe." Drayton (b) Not coarse, rough, or harsh; subdued; soft; rich; delicate; -- said of sound, color, flavor, style, etc. "The mellow horn." Wordsworth. "The mellow -tasted Burgundy." Thomson.

The tender flush whose mellow stain imbues
Heaven with all freaks of light.
Percival.

3. Well matured; softened by years; genial; jovial.

May health return to mellow age.
Wordsworth.

As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound.
W. Irving.

4. Warmed by liquor; slightly intoxicated. Addison.

Mellow transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Mellowed ; present participle & verbal noun Mellowing .] To make mellow. Shak.

If the Weather prove frosty to mellow it [ the ground], they do not plow it again till April.
Mortimer.

The fervor of early feeling is tempered and mellowed by the ripeness of age.
J. C. Shairp.

Mellow intransitive verb To become mellow; as, ripe fruit soon mellows . "Prosperity begins to mellow ." Shak.

Mellowly adverb In a mellow manner.

Mellowness noun Quality or state of being mellow.

Mellowy adjective Soft; unctuous. Drayton.

Melluco noun (Botany) A climbing plant ( Ullucus officinalis ) of the Andes, having tuberous roots which are used as a substitute for potatoes.

Melne noun A mill. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Melocoton, Melocotoon noun [ Spanish melocoton a kind of peach tree and its fruit, Latin malum cotonium , or cotonea , or Cydonia , a quince, or quince tree, lit., apple of Cydonia , Greek ... .... See Quince .] (Botany) (a) A quince. (b) A kind of peach having one side deep red, and the flesh yellow. [ Written also malacatoon , malacotune .]

Melodeon noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... musical. See Melody , and confer Odeon .]


1. (Mus.) A kind of small reed organ; -- a portable form of the seraphine.

2. A music hall.

Melodic adjective [ Latin melodicus , Greek ...: confer French mélodique .] Of the nature of melody; relating to, containing, or made up of, melody; melodious.

Melodics noun The department of musical science which treats of the pitch of tones, and of the laws of melody.

Melodiograph noun [ Melody + -graph .] A contrivance for preserving a record of music, by recording the action of the keys of a musical instrument when played upon.

Melodious adjective [ Confer French 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 , adverb -- Me*lo"di*ous*ness , noun

Melodist noun [ Confer French mélodiste .] A composer or singer of melodies.

Melodize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Melodized ; present participle & verbal noun Melodizing .] To make melodious; to form into, or set to, melody.

Melodize intransitive verb To make melody; to compose melodies; to harmonize.

Melodrama noun [ French mélodrame , from Greek 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 "Fidelio".

Melodramatic adjective [ Confer French mélodramatique .] Of or pertaining to melodrama; like or suitable to a melodrama; unnatural in situation or action. -- Mel`o*dra*mat"ic*al*ly adverb

Melodramatist noun One who acts in, or writes, melodramas.

Melodrame noun [ French] Melodrama.

Melody noun ; plural Melodies . [ Middle English melodie , French mélodie , Latin melodia , from Greek ... a singing, choral song, from ... musical, melodious; me`los song, tune + ... song. See Ode .]


1. A sweet or agreeable succession of sounds.

Lulled with sound of sweetest melody .
Shak.

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.

» 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.

3. The air or tune of a musical piece.

Syn. -- See Harmony .

Meloe [ New Latin , from Greek ... to probe a wound.] (Zoology) A genus of beetles without wings, but having short oval elytra; the oil beetles. These beetles are sometimes used instead of cantharides for raising blisters. See Oil beetle , under Oil .

Melograph (mĕl"o*grȧf) noun [ Greek me`los a song + -graph : confer French mélographe .] Same as Melodiograph .

Melolonthidian noun [ Greek ... the cockchafer.] (Zoology) A beetle of the genus Melolontha , and allied genera. See May beetle , under May .

Melon (mĕl"ŭn) noun [ French, from Latin melo , for melopepo an apple-shaped melon, Greek ... ; mh^lon apple + ... a species of large melon; confer Latin malum apple. Confer Marmalade .]


1. (Botany) The juicy fruit of certain cucurbitaceous plants, as the muskmelon, watermelon, and citron melon; also, the plant that produces the fruit.

2. (Zoology) A large, ornamental, marine, univalve shell of the genus Melo .

Melon beetle (Zoology) , a small leaf beetle ( Diabrotiea vittata ), which damages the leaves of melon vines. -- Melon cactus , Melon thistle . (a) (Botany) A genus of cactaceous plants ( Melocactus ) having a fleshy and usually globose stem with the surface divided into spiny longitudinal ridges, and bearing at the top a prickly and woolly crown in which the small pink flowers are half concealed . M. communis , from the West Indies, is often cultivated, and sometimes called Turk's cap . (b) The related genus Mamillaria , in which the stem is tubercled rather than ribbed, and the flowers sometimes large. See Illust. under Cactus .

Melopœia noun [ New Latin , from Greek ...; me`los song + poiei^n to make.] (Mus.) The art of forming melody; melody; -- now often used for a melodic passage, rather than a complete melody.

Melopiano noun [ Greek me`los song + English piano .] A piano having a mechanical attachment which enables the player to prolong the notes at will.

Meloplastic adjective Of or pertaining to meloplasty, or the artificial formation of a new cheek.

Meloplasty (mĕl"o*plăs`tȳ) noun [ Greek mh^lon an apple, a cheek + - plasty : confer French méloplastie .] (Surg.) The process of restoring a cheek which has been destroyed wholly or in part.

Melotype noun (Photog.) A picture produced by a process in which development after exposure may be deferred indefinitely, so as to permit transportation of exposed plates; also, the process itself.

Melpomene noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., lit., the songstress, from ..., ..., to sing.]


1. (Class. Myth.) The Muse of tragedy.

2. (Astron.) The eighteenth asteroid.

Melrose noun Honey of roses.

Melt (mĕlt) noun (Zoology) See 2d Milt .

Melt transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Melted (obs.) past participle Molten ; present participle & verbal noun Melting .] [ Anglo-Saxon meltan ; akin to Greek me`ldein , English malt , and probably to English smelt , v. √108. Confer Smelt , v. , Malt , Milt the spleen.]
1. To reduce from a solid to a liquid state, as by heat; to liquefy; as, to melt wax, tallow, or lead; to melt ice or snow.

2. Hence: To soften, as by a warming or kindly influence; to relax; to render gentle or susceptible to mild influences; sometimes, in a bad sense, to take away the firmness of; to weaken.

Thou would'st have . . . melted down thy youth.
Shak.

For pity melts the mind to love.
Dryden.

Syn. -- To liquefy; fuse; thaw; mollify; soften.

Melt intransitive verb
1. To be changed from a solid to a liquid state under the influence of heat; as, butter and wax melt at moderate temperatures.

2. To dissolve; as, sugar melts in the mouth.

3. Hence: To be softened; to become tender, mild, or gentle; also, to be weakened or subdued, as by fear.

My soul melteth for heaviness.
Ps. cxix. 28.

Melting with tenderness and kind compassion.
Shak.

4. To lose distinct form or outline; to blend.

The soft, green, rounded hills, with their flowing outlines, overlapping and melting into each other.
J. C. Shairp.

5. To disappear by being dispersed or dissipated; as, the fog melts away. Shak.

Meltable adjective Capable of being melted.

Melter (-ẽr) noun One who, or that which, melts.

Melting noun Liquefaction; the act of causing (something) to melt, or the process of becoming melted.

Melting point (Chemistry) , the degree of temperature at which a solid substance melts or fuses; as, the melting point of ice is 0° Centigrade or 32° Fahr., that of urea is 132° Centigrade. -- Melting pot , a vessel in which anything is melted; a crucible.

Melting adjective Causing to melt; becoming melted; -- used literally or figuratively; as, a melting heat; a melting appeal; a melting mood. -- Melt"ing*ly , adverb

Melton noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] A kind of stout woolen cloth with unfinished face and without raised nap. A commoner variety has a cotton warp.

Melungeon noun [ Confer French mélanger to mix, mélange a mixture.] One of a mixed white and Indian people living in parts of Tennessee and the Carolinas. They are descendants of early intermixtures of white settlers with natives. In North Carolina the Croatan Indians , regarded as descended from Raleigh's lost colony of Croatan, formerly classed with negroes, are now legally recognized as distinct.

Member transitive verb [ See Remember .] To remember; to cause to remember; to mention. [ Obsolete]

Member noun [ Middle English membre , French membre , from Latin membrum ; confer Goth. mimz flesh, Sanskrit mamsa .]


1. (Anat.) A part of an animal capable of performing a distinct office; an organ; a limb.

We have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office.
Rom. xii. 4.

2. Hence, a part of a whole; an independent constituent of a body ; as: (a) A part of a discourse or of a period or sentence; a clause; a part of a verse. (b) (Math.) Either of the two parts of an algebraic equation, connected by the sign of equality. (c) (Engineering) Any essential part, as a post, tie rod, strut, etc., of a framed structure, as a bridge truss. (d) (Architecture) Any part of a building, whether constructional, as a pier, column, lintel, or the like, or decorative, as a molding, or group of moldings. (e) One of the persons composing a society, community, or the like; an individual forming part of an association; as, a member of the society of Friends.

Compression member , Tension member (Engineering) , a member, as a rod, brace, etc., which is subjected to compression or tension, respectively.

Membered adjective
1. Having limbs; -- chiefly used in composition.

2. (Her.) Having legs of a different tincture from that of the body; -- said of a bird in heraldic representations.

Membership noun
1. The state of being a member.

2. The collective body of members, as of a society.

Membral adjective (Anat.) Relating to a member.

Membranaceous adjective [ Latin membranaceus .]


1. Same as Membranous . Arbuthnot.

2. (Botany) Thin and rather soft or pliable, as the leaves of the rose, peach tree, and aspen poplar.

Membrane noun [ French, from Latin membrana the skin that covers the separate members of the body, from Latin membrum . See Member .] (Anat.) A thin layer or fold of tissue, usually supported by a fibrous network, serving to cover or line some part or organ, and often secreting or absorbing certain fluids.

» The term is also often applied to the thin, expanded parts, of various texture, both in animals and vegetables.

Adventitious membrane , a membrane connecting parts not usually connected, or of a different texture from the ordinary connection; as, the membrane of a cicatrix. -- Jacob's membrane . See under Retina . -- Mucous membranes (Anat.) , the membranes lining passages and cavities which communicate with the exterior, as well as ducts and receptacles of secretion, and habitually secreting mucus. -- Schneiderian membrane . (Anat.) See Schneiderian . -- Serous membranes (Anat.) , the membranes, like the peritoneum and pleura, which line, or lie in, cavities having no obvious outlet, and secrete a serous fluid.

Membraneous adjective [ Latin membraneus of parchment.] See Membranous .

Membraniferous adjective [ Membrane + -ferous .] Having or producing membranes.

Membraniform adjective [ Membrane + -form : confer French membraniforme .] Having the form of a membrane or of parchment.