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ˈmɛ trəˌnoʊmmetronome

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  1. metronomenoun

    clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music


  1. metronomenoun

    a device, containing an inverted pendulum, used to mark time by means of regular ticks at adjustable intervals; an electronic equivalent that emits flashes


  1. Metronome

    A metronome, from ancient Greek μέτρον (métron, "measure") and νομός (nomós, "custom", "melody") is a device that produces an audible click or other sound at a regular interval that can be set by the user, typically in beats per minute (BPM). Metronomes may include synchronized visual motion. Musicians use the device to practise playing to a regular pulse. A kind of metronome was among the inventions of Andalusian polymath Abbas ibn Firnas (810–887). In 1815, German inventor Johann Maelzel patented his mechanical, wind-up metronome as a tool for musicians, under the title "Instrument/Machine for the Improvement of all Musical Performance, called Metronome". In the 20th century, electronic metronomes and software metronomes were invented. Musicians practise with metronomes to improve their timing, especially the ability to stick to a regular tempo. Metronome practice helps internalize a clear sense of timing and tempo. Composers and conductors often use a metronome as a standard tempo reference—and may play, sing, or conduct to the metronome. The metronome is used by composers to derive beats per minute if they want to indicate that in a composition. Conductors use a metronome to note their preferred tempo in each section. When interpreting emotion and other qualities in music, performers seldom play exactly on every beat; expressive, flexible rubato may be used at times. Typically, every beat of a musically expressive performance does not align exactly with each click of a metronome. This has led some musicians to criticize use of a metronome, because metronome time is different from musical time.


  1. metronome

    A metronome is a device used by musicians that marks time at a selected rate by giving a regular ticking sound. It helps in maintaining a consistent tempo or speed of the music. The device can be adjusted to produce different speeds, typically measured in beats per minute (BPM).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Metronomenoun

    an instrument consisting of a short pendulum with a sliding weight. It is set in motion by clockwork, and serves to measure time in music

  2. Etymology: [Gr. measure + distribute, assign: cf. F. mtronome, It. metronomo.]


  1. Metronome

    A metronome is any device that produces regular, metrical ticks — settable in beats per minute. These ticks represent a fixed, regular aural pulse; some metronomes also include synchronized visual motion. The metronome dates from the early 19th century, where it was patented by Johann Maelzel in 1815 as a tool for musicians, under the title "Instrument/Machine for the Improvement of all Musical Performance, called Metronome". The metronome is used by musicians to help keep a steady tempo as they play, or to work on issues of irregular timing, or to help internalize a clear sense of timing and tempo. The metronome is also often used by composers as a standard tempo reference, to indicate the intended tempo for the piece. Human beings seldom play music at an exact tempo with all the beats exactly the same. This makes it impossible to align metronome clicks with the beats of a musically expressive performance. This also has led many musicians to criticize use of a metronome. Some go as far as to suggest that metronomes shouldn't be used by musicians at all. The same criticism has been applied to metronome markings as well. See Criticism of metronome use.

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  1. monometer

  2. monotreme

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of metronome in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of metronome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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