from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music The speed at which music is or ought to be played, often indicated on written compositions by a descriptive or metronomic direction to the performer.
- n. A characteristic rate or rhythm of activity; a pace: "the tempo and the feeling of modern life” ( Robert L. Heilbroner).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a frequency or rate
- n. a move which is part of one's own plan or strategy and forces, e.g. by means of a check or attacking a piece, the opponent to make a move which is not bad but of no use for him (the player gains a tempo, the opponent loses a tempo), or equivalently a player achieves the same result in fewer moves by one approach rather than another.
- n. timing of a particular event – earlier or later than in an alternative situation (as in chess example)
- n. The number of beats per minute in a piece of music; also, an indicative term denoting approximate rate of speed in written music (examples: allegro, andante)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rate or degree of movement in time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, the relative rapidity of rhythm; time; movement.
- n. The characteristic rhythmical and metrical movement or pattern of a dance: as, tempo di valse, tempo di menuetto, etc.
- n. An oval brass coin, with a square hole in the middle, first coined in Japan during the period “tempo” (1830–43 inclusive), and now equal to eight rin or cash, or eight tenths of a sen. One hundred and twenty-five tempos make one yen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
- n. the rate of some repeating event
Italian, from Latin tempus, time.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)