ETYM Old Eng. air, eir, French air, Latin aër, from Greek aer, air, mist, for aeier, from root ai to blow, breathe. Related to Aëry, Debonair, Malaria, Wind.
(Homonyms: err, heir).
1. A mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing.
2. The atmosphere; wind.
3. The region above the ground.
4. A distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing: SYN. aura, atmosphere.
5. A distinctive manner.
6. Medium for radio and television broadcasting; SYN. airwave.
7. (Archaic) The gaseous substance once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe.
ETYM Latin, a dance in a ring, a dance accompanied with song; a chorus, a band of dancers and singers. Greek choros. Related to Choir.
(Irregular plural: choruses).
1. A body of dancers or singers who perform together; SYN. chorus line.
2. A company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play; SYN. Greek chorus.
3. A group of people assembled to sing together.
4. Any utterance produced simultaneously by a group.
ETYM Old Fren. descant, deschant, French déchant, discant, Late Lat. discantus, from Latin dis + cantus singing, melody, from canere to sing. Related to Chant, Descant, Discant.
A decorative accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody; SYN. discant.
Music, simple counterpoint sung by trebles above melody; counterpoint; treble.
In music, a high-pitched line for one or more sopranos, added above the normal soprano line (melody) of a hymn tune; a high-pitched instrument of a family, such as the descant recorder (US soprano recorder); also, an improvised melody sung against a written voice part (see discant).
ETYM Old Eng. melodie, French mélodie, Latin melodia, from Greek, a singing, choral song, from melos song, tune + aiedein to sing. Related to Ode.
The perception of pleasant arrangements of musical notes; SYN. tonal pattern.
In music, a distinctive sequence of notes sounded consecutively within an orderly pitch structure such as a scale or a mode. A melody may be a tune in its own right, or it may form a theme running through a longer piece of music.
The expressive component of melody is related to an intuitive balance between the expression of movement, through change of pitch, and an expectation that certain constant features should emerge. The underlying constant features are the scale or mode; in Western music these are enhanced by key and harmony.