from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In cut time.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a time signature when the half note is the beat and there are two beats per measure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- With one breve, or four minims, to measure, and sung faster like four crotchets; in quick common time; -- indicated in the time signature by �.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, an expression understood to denote— a species of time in which every bar contains a breve, or four minims; or a rhythm of two or four beats to a bar, but taken at a rate of movement twice as fast as if the piece were simply marked with the sign of common time. The sign for alla breve time is .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
Italian : alla, according to the + breve, breve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)