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ˈklɑ veɪclave

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Wiktionary

  1. clavenoun

    One half of a set of claves, a percussion instrument consisting of two sticks, one of which is used to strike the other.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clavethe preterite of cleave.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clave

    imp. of Cleave

  2. Clave

    of Cleave

  3. Clave

    of Cleave

Freebase

  1. Clave

    The clave rhythmic pattern is used as a tool for temporal organization in Afro-Cuban music, such as rumba, conga de comparsa, son, son montuno, mambo, salsa, Latin jazz, songo and timba. The five-stroke clave pattern represents the structural core of many Afro-Cuban rhythms. Just as a keystone holds an arch in place, the clave pattern holds the rhythm together in Afro-Cuban music. The clave pattern originated in sub-Saharan African music traditions, where it serves essentially the same function as it does in Cuba. The pattern is also found in the African diaspora musics of Haitian vodou drumming, Afro-Brazilian music and Afro-Uruguayan music. The clave pattern is used in North American popular music as a rhythmic motif or ostinato, or simply a form of rhythmic decoration.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clave

    klāv, pa.t. of Cleave.

Anagrams for clave »

  1. cavel

  2. calve

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clave in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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