downbeat downbeat n. (Music) the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward). [WordNet 1.5]

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  • Downbeat — Downbeat, down beat or Down Beat may refer to: Downbeat, the first beat of a measure in music. This terms originated from orchestral conducting, where the lowest point on the baton signals the first downbeat in a given measure. It is now used… …   Wikipedia

  • downbeat — UK US /ˈdaʊnbiːt/ adjective INFORMAL ► quiet and without much excitement: »The actual signing of the contract was a downbeat affair without any ceremony. ► without much hope for the future: »Despite the surging share price, analysts were downbeat …   Financial and business terms

  • Downbeat — oder Downtempo ist eine Sammelbezeichnung für elektronische Musik, die sich durch langsame Tempi und als atmosphärisch wahrgenommene Synthesizer Klangflächen auszeichnet. Zusammengefasst werden darunter Genres wie Trip Hop, Dub und verwandte,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Downbeat —   [englisch, daʊnbiːt; wörtlich »Abwärtsschlag«], kennzeichnet den Abwärtsschlag des Dirigenten zur Markierung der betonten Zählzeit, im weiteren Sinne jeden betonten Taktteil (Metrum) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • downbeat — 1876 (n.), in reference to downward stroke of a conductor s baton; 1952 (adj.) in figurative sense of pessimistic, but that is probably via associations of the word DOWN (Cf. down) (adv.), since the beat itself is no more pessimistic than the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • downbeat — [adj] pessimistic cheerless, defeatist, dejected, dispirited, gloomy, hopeless, negative, unhappy, unhopeful; concepts 403,548 …   New thesaurus

  • downbeat — ► ADJECTIVE 1) pessimistic; gloomy. 2) understated. ► NOUN Music ▪ an accented beat, usually the first of the bar …   English terms dictionary

  • downbeat — [doun′bēt΄] n. 1. a downward trend; downswing 2. Music a) the downward stroke of the conductor s hand or baton indicating the first beat of each measure b) such a beat adj. ☆ Informal grimly realistic; depressing …   English World dictionary

  • downbeat — [[t]da͟ʊnbiːt[/t]] downbeats 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If people or their opinions are downbeat, they are deliberately casual and not enthusiastic about a situation. Its headlines were suitably downbeat and don t scream out. ...a downbeat… …   English dictionary

  • downbeat — I UK [ˈdaʊnˌbiːt] / US [ˈdaʊnˌbɪt] adjective 1) not happy or hopeful The President tried to rally downbeat supporters. 2) calm and relaxed II UK [ˈdaʊnˌbiːt] / US [ˈdaʊnˌbɪt] noun [countable] Word forms downbeat : singular downbeat plural… …   English dictionary

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