- a pattern of usually syncopated drum beats sampled from a funk, jazz, hip hop, etc. song and, typically, repeated to establish a basic rhythm, as in some kinds of popular dance music
- dance music that features such a pattern
- An often complex rhythmic passage used in electronic music, especially a sampled drum solo from a previously recorded song.
- A style of electronic music characterized by such passages.
Origin of breakbeatFrom break, solo cadenza.