• WordNet 3.6
    • n melee a noisy riotous fight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mêlée A cavalry exercise in which two groups of riders try to cut paper plumes off the helmets of their opponents, the contest continuing until no member of one group retains his plume; -- sometimes called Balaklava mêlée.
    • Mêlée A fight in which the combatants are mingled in one confused mass; a hand to hand conflict; an affray.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Melee mā-lā′ a fight in which the combatants are mingled together: a confused conflict: an affray.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. mêler, to mix. See Meddle Mell, and cf. Mellay
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—mêler, to mix.


In literature:

And now, without warning, a heavy soft body flung against my back, and the accident most to be dreaded in that melee occurred.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
They would very likely be whiffed out in the melee.
"Pirates of the Gorm" by Nat Schachner
For a few brief moments there was a wild melee; then the men in blue-gray broke and ran.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
Turning, I saw a dozen black pirates dashing toward us from the melee.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
On the outskirts of the melee stood Orson Carver.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Through the doorway men were crowding, two or three being pushed out only to be pushed in again by others eager to join the melee.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Rodney hesitated and then ran forward, joining in the melee.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
Out of the corner of one eye he saw Inga pass the melee and dart swiftly to the corner of the terrace.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
During the last melee, the brazen lips of the cannon were dumb.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
In the melee, a brakeman was shot through the head and a second passenger wounded.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman

In news:

Police said five people were arrested in the melee, which involved about 50 people.
Cop Opens Fire In X- Mas Eve Gang Melee.
Charges coming in bazaar melee .
Seven students arrested in New York after high school melee .
The State Fair melee , our children and our culture, We actually do reap what we sow.
Man shot during melee on Arkadelphia's Main Street.
College students injured in Italy pub melee .
Student Killed in Melee at Afghan University.
Black Friday melee on video at Georgia Wal-Mart, trampling in Texas.
A frightening-looking melee broke out at a Georgia.
Newark council members blast Cory Booker in wake of meeting melee .
Police in Riot Gear Quell Skateboarder Melee .
Towson's Recher Theatre not responsible for melee .
Police out-manned in Towson melee .
Five arrested in melee at bar in Walled Lake.

In science:

Semikoz and Gunter Sigl hep-ph/0309328 Fargion, D., Khlopov, M., Konoplich, R., De Sanctis Lucentini, P. G., De Santis, M., and Mele, B., 2003, Recent Res.
Test results of a prototype designed to detect horizontal cosmic ray flux
Comparatively, we also discuss the Kondo necklace and the Kane-Mele-Kondo (KMK) lattice models on the same lattice.
Half-filled Kondo lattice on the honeycomb lattice
In addition, the ground-state phase diagram of the Kondo necklace and the Kane-Mele-Kondo lattice models are also discussed.
Half-filled Kondo lattice on the honeycomb lattice
HKM is the standard Kane-Mele Hamiltonian defined on the honeycomb lattice.
Half-filled Kondo lattice on the honeycomb lattice
Order parameters md , mc and V in the mean-field solution for the Kane-Mele-Kondo lattice model with t′ = 0.1.
Half-filled Kondo lattice on the honeycomb lattice