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meliorate to make or become better; improve; ameliorate.
melioration improvement; amelioration. [2 definitions]
melisma a succession of different notes sung to one syllable in plainsong and in certain Asian and Near Eastern music.
mellifluous flowing and sweet, as though with honey.
mellow of fruit, ripely soft, juicy, and flavorful. [6 definitions]
mellow out (informal) to be at ease.
melodeon a small keyboard organ similar to the harmonium in which a bellows, operated by pedals, causes air to be drawn through metal reeds.
melodic of, pertaining to, or characterized by melody; melodious.
melodious of, characterized by, or containing a pleasing melody. [2 definitions]
melodist one who sings or composes melodies.
melodrama a drama, or type of drama, characterized by exaggeration in the writing, production, and acting, and including much suspense and sentimentality. [2 definitions]
melodramatic of, like, or suitable to melodrama; overdone; exaggerated.
melodramatics melodramatic behavior.
melody musical sounds in a pleasant order and arrangement. [3 definitions]
melon a fruit of any of various vines, which has a hard, often smooth rind and thick, juicy flesh ranging from pale green or yellow to orange or deep reddish pink.
melt to change from a solid to a liquid state through heat or pressure. [8 definitions]
meltable combined form of melt.
meltdown an accident in a nuclear reactor in which the radioactive core melts because of insufficient cooling, leading to the escape of radiation.
melting point the temperature at which a given solid turns into liquid.
melting pot a pot in which substances, esp. metals, are melted; crucible. [2 definitions]
melton heavy wool fabric used mainly for making sturdy outer garments such as overcoats.