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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

Etymologies

Italian : alla, according to the + breve, breve.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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