time signature
noun Date: 1875 a sign used in music to indicate meter and usually written as a fraction with the bottom number indicating the kind of note used as a unit of time and the top number indicating the number of units in each measure

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  • Time signature — (Music) A sign at the beginning of a composition or movement, placed after the key signature, to indicate its time or meter. Also called {rhythmical signature}. It is in the form of a fraction, of which the denominator indicates the kind of note… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • time signature — n. Music a sign consisting of one number over another, esp. after the key signature, indicating the unit of measurement and the number of beats in the following measure or measures (Ex.: 3/4 means three quarter note beats); also, a nonnumerical… …   English World dictionary

  • time signature — time signatures N COUNT The time signature of a piece of music consists of two numbers written at the beginning that show how many beats there are in each bar …   English dictionary

  • time signature — time .signature n two numbers at the beginning of a line of music that tell you how many ↑beats there are in a ↑bar …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • time signature — time ,signature noun count two numbers at the beginning of a line of music that tell you how many beats there are in a MEASURE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • time signature — ► NOUN Music ▪ an indication of rhythm following a clef …   English terms dictionary

  • Time signature — Common time redirects here. For the short story, see Common Time. Simple example of a 34 time signature: here there are three quarter notes per measure. The time signature (also known as meter signature) is a notational convention used in Western …   Wikipedia

  • time signature — noun a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat • Syn: ↑musical time signature • Hypernyms: ↑musical notation • Hyponyms: ↑alla breve * * * noun, pl ⋯ tures [count] : a number that is written …   Useful english dictionary

  • time signature — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms time signature : singular time signature plural time signatures music two numbers at the beginning of a line of music that tell you how many beats there are in a bar …   English dictionary

  • time signature — Music. a numerical or other indication at the beginning of a piece showing the meter. [1870 75] * * * ▪ music       in musical notation, sign that indicates the metre of a composition. Most time signatures consist of two vertically aligned… …   Universalium

  • time signature — time′ sig nature n. mad a fractional designation given after the key signature in music, the denominator giving the basic note value for the beat and the numerator the number of such notes to the measure • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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