time signature

noun

Definition of time signature

  1. :  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

First Known Use of time signature

1875


TIME SIGNATURE Defined for English Language Learners

time signature

noun

Definition of time signature for English Language Learners

  • : 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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