Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The first beat of a measure.
  • noun The downward stroke made by a conductor to indicate the first beat of a measure.
  • adjective Cheerless; pessimistic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Music) the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music The accented beat at the beginning of a bar (indicated by a conductor with a downward stroke)
  • adjective sad or pessimistic

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

  • noun the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward)

Etymologies

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down- +‎ beat

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