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 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 Roeder decided to test Lage by abruptly altering the time signature in a standard to one from his native Peru. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 The tricky 5-4 time signature provided an exciting extra kick. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Feb. 2021 Everything is off-balance, including the time signature, which is in 5/4. Nate Jones, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021 There are short lessons on time signature and melody and her favorite vocal warm-ups. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, 4 May 2020 The amalgamation of international styles influenced the group to experiment with unfamiliar sounds, unconventional pacing and uncommon time signatures for an upcoming album. Raj Tawney, Billboard, 13 Dec. 2019 Well, even nondrummers have to be in awe of his ability to turn percussion into a new dimension, with varied time signatures and tempos. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2020 Evans strung some serpentine riffs over the tune’s unconventional time signature. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, 26 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of time signature

1875, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2021

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“Time signature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20signature. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of time signature

: a number that is written at the beginning of a piece of music and that shows the number and length of the beats in each measure

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