from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A sign placed on a staff to indicate the meter, commonly a numerical fraction of which the numerator is the number of beats per measure and the denominator represents the kind of note getting one beat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A numerical sign placed on a stave to indicate the meter; the numerator is the number of beats per bar, the denominator represents the value of each beat
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A sign at the beginning of a composition or movement, placed after the key signature, to indicate its time or meter. Also called rhythmical signature. It is in the form of a fraction, of which the denominator indicates the kind of note taken as time unit for the beat, and the numerator, the number of these to the measure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In musical notation, same as rhythmical signature (which see, under rhythmical).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
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