metronome definition by Webster's New World
- a clockwork device with an inverted pendulum that beats time at a rate determined by the position of a sliding weight on the pendulum: it is used esp. to help a person maintain regular tempo in practicing on the piano, etc.
- an electrical device that produces an intermittent sound or flashing light, for similar use
Origin: ; from metro- plush Classical Greek nomos, law: see -nomy
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- metronomic adjective
metronome definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A device used to mark time by means of regularly recurring ticks or flashes at adjustable intervals.
Origin: Greek metron, measure; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots + Greek nomos, rule, division; see nem- in Indo-European roots.