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time signature

Syllabification: time sig·na·ture

Definition of time signature in English:

noun

Music
An indication of rhythm following a clef, generally expressed as a fraction with the denominator defining the beat as a division of a whole note and the numerator giving the number of beats in each bar.
Example sentences
  • This resulted in irregular phrases and bar-lengths, with no regular pulse, and as a result much of this music has no time signature and is left unbarred.
  • The shifting time signature initially distinguishes the track, but the song goes in too many directions and eventually splinters.
  • So tonight he wants half the crowd to clap in 6/8 time whilst the other half are guided on how to use a different time signature.

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