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

  • noun An unaccented beat or beats that occur before the first beat of a measure.
  • noun The upward stroke made by a conductor to indicate the beat that leads into a new measure.
  • adjective Optimistic.
  • adjective Happy; cheerful.

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  • adjective Having a fast pace, tempo, or beat.
  • adjective Having a positive, lively, or perky tone, attitude, etc.
  • noun An unaccented beat at the start of a musical phrase.

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

  • adjective pleasantly (even unrealistically) optimistic
  • noun an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
  • noun a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous


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