Metronome meaning

mĕtrə-nōm
A device used to mark time by means of regularly recurring ticks or flashes at adjustable intervals.
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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.
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An electrical device that produces an intermittent sound or flashing light, for similar use.
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(music) A device, containing an inverted pendulum, used to mark time by means of regular ticks at adjustable intervals; an electronic equivalent that emits flashes.
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Origin of metronome

  • Greek metron measure mē-2 in Indo-European roots Greek nomos rule, division nem- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition