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.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of breakbeat
- From break solo cadenza
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition