break·​beat | \ ˈbrāk-ˌbēt How to pronounce breakbeat (audio) \
variants: or break beat

Definition of breakbeat

: a repetitive drum pattern in hip-hop and dance music also : music based on breakbeats

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Herein lies dark soundscaping, tropicalia on tenterhooks, broken beat, Tuareg melodies, Bahía drumming. New York Times, "The Playlist: Christina Aguilera’s Bizarre Puzzle, and 13 More New Songs," 4 May 2018 As the track builds, the production slowly evolves from a simple, striding march into a stunning explosion of lush electronica and breaking beats. Jon Ali, Billboard, "Queer Necessities: Billboard Pride's October Playlist," 3 Oct. 2017 Yussef Kamaal is a duo that owes equally to broken beat and to Alice Coltrane. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Ambassadors of London’s Rebooted, Revitalized Jazz Scene Come to New York," 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of breakbeat

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for breakbeat

break entry 2 (solo musical passage)

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The first known use of breakbeat was in 1985

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to shake or wave menacingly

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