time signaturetime signature
Music a metric notation, typically consisting of one number over another, indicating the unit of measurement and the number of beats in the following measure or measures: the opening or predominant meter of a piece is indicated directly after the opening clef or key signature (Ex.: 3/4 means three quarter-note beats; C is often used instead of 4/4)
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.
top: 2:4 time indicates two beats per measure
bottom: 3:4 time indicates three beats per measure
(plural time signatures)
- Alternative form of time signature.