Definitions for downbeatˈdaʊnˌbit

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the downward stroke of a conductor's arm or baton indicating the first or accented beat of a measure.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. the first beat of a measure.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. (adj.)Slang. gloomy; pessimistic.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. downbeat(noun)

    the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward)


  1. downbeat(Noun)

    The accented beat at the beginning of a bar (indicated by a conductor with a downward stroke)

  2. downbeat(Adjective)

    sad or pessimistic

Anagrams of downbeat

  1. beatdown, beat down

  2. Beat down

  3. Beatdown


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