Definition of metronome
: an device designed to mark exact time by a regularly repeated tick
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Recent Examples of metronome from the Web
Nevertheless, those many uncounted heads invariably need conductors to play the role of the metronome, and Mensch has gladly become the beat that leads this sordid fray.
But Quintana checked all the boxes for the Cubs: A durable lefty who, other than a mysterious 11-start stretch at the beginning of this season, has been a metronome of strong performance going back to Opening Day 2013.
Like a metronome, the lead seemed to change with every possession early in the final period.
Sports are the metronome that paces their daily lives.
In addition to listening to that composer’s work, young visitors to this workshop, led by Robert Fleitz, will each build a metronome like Beethoven’s and sample one of his favorite treats: cookies.
This moronic metronome allows you to remain in a state of constant outrage:
The metronome of my breath, the monotony of lap after turn after lap, is like meditation to me.
Carrie Ann wants her not to dance like a metronome.
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Did You Know?
The patent for the metronome was entered in 1816: "John Malzl [sic], of Poland-street, Middlesex, Machinist; for an instrument . . . which he denominates a Metronome, or musical time-keeper." The courts, however, later proved that the aforementioned Johann Maelzel copied a pendulum design of Dietrich Winkel, making Winkel the actual inventor. Nonetheless, Maelzel was the more successful marketer of the metronome and even has a notation named after him. The "M.M." in notations like "M.M. = 60" stands for "Maelzel's metronome" and indicates a tempo of 60 beats per minute or a beat per tick of the metronome as it ticks 60 times, in the case of our example. The name of the invention itself is based on the Greek words metron, meaning "measure," and nomos, meaning "law."
METRONOME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of metronome for English Language Learners
: a device that makes a regular, repeated sound to show a musician how fast a piece of music should be played
METRONOME Defined for Kids
Definition of metronome for Students
: a device that ticks in a regular pattern to help a musician play a piece of music at the proper speed
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