Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music A device used to mark time by means of regularly recurring ticks or flashes at adjustable intervals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a device, containing an inverted pendulum, used to mark time by means of regular ticks at adjustable intervals; an electronic equivalent that emits flashes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument consisting of a short pendulum with a sliding weight. It is set in motion by clockwork, and serves to measure time in music.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mechanical contrivance for marking time, especially as an aid in musical study or performance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music

Etymologies

Greek metron, measure; + Greek nomos, rule, division.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Along with the metronome, which is a key tool in ChiRunning and ChiWalking, the other important accessory is a good watch.

    ChiRunning

  • The metronome is the best tool for learning how to lengthen or shorten your stride relative to your speed.

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  • The most interesting product of the last couple of days is the Wetronome waterproof metronome, which is yellow and rubbery and pretty-much useless unless you're a world-class swimmer, of course.

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  • An instrument called a metronome may be had from a music shop (used for keeping time in practising), if a book be read aloud by the stammerer, pronouncing one syllable only to each beat, he will soon gain complete control of his voice.

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  • One can't jump at once into the necessary agility, and the metronome is a great help in bringing one up to the right pitch.

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  • The metronome is the same in all editions, 160 to the quarter, but speed should give way to breadth at all hazards.

    Chopin : the Man and His Music

  • The metronome is the same in all editions, 100 to the eighth.

    Chopin : the Man and His Music

  • At times the concept is quite ambiguous, but to be honest, the dramatic music, the time changes and dynamics that would break a metronome (Meshuggah, if you're reading this, listen to this band ... they can get it right) 1.!

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  • Seriously, you have to accrue a lot of hours playing, sculpting your tone with your technique and working on musicianship skills like timing (a metronome is a hotline to the truth); playing along with recordings, learning solos and tunes note for note, and living and breathing the kind of music you want to excel at, as a lifestyle, with a strong level of emotional commitment.

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  • A metronome is a little device (in most cases, although there are the old timey oens that are pretty large) that produces a little clicking noise to help you keep perfect time.

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