time signature


Definition of time signature

: a sign used in music to indicate meter and usually written as a fraction with the bottom number indicating the kind of note used as a unit of time and the top number indicating the number of units in each measure

Examples of time signature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Well, there’s lots of time signature parts that went into the writing of just me on an acoustic guitar. Annie Zaleski, SPIN, 20 Sep. 2022 That’s the time signature for at least the first half of this album: two rope turners and a jumper. New York Times, 25 July 2022 To determine the creativity of songs, Berg used an algorithm to measure features such as key, tempo, time signature and danceability. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 May 2022 Meanwhile, adding to the sense of crisis, albeit on a different time signature, Venice continues to sink as sea levels rise. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 The filmmakers reflected on how those musicians in the small mountain town of Barichara strummed guitars and the region’s 12-string tiple in a waltz time signature. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 According to the lawsuit -- which was filed Sept. 17 -- the two tracks have the same time signature and similar tempos. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2021 Watts begins gently but instantly ramps up the intensity with a couple of snare cracks, shifting the time signature to lead up into the vocals. Jem Aswad, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 Lage took his new music to Chicago, where Jeff Tweedy suggested tweaks — a chord alteration here, a change of time signature there. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of time signature

1875, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2022

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“Time signature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20signature. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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