Riff meaning

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The definition of a riff is a short rhythm phrase used in music, that is often played when a soloist is performing or when chords and harmonies are changing.

An example of a riff is a repeated phrase that is used to lead up to an improvisational solo or used behind a solo in a song.

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(informal) To make use of a riff or riffs.
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To play or make riffs. Often used with on .
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(informal) A short, incisive comment, passage, or scene, often one of several functioning as variations on a theme, in a speech, novel, film, etc.
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A variation on something.
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(music) A short rhythmic phrase, especially one that is repeated in improvisation.
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A constantly repeated musical phrase used esp. as background for a soloist or as the basic theme of a final chorus.
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A repeated instrumental melody line in a song.
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To improvise in the performance or practice of an art, especially by expanding on or making novel use of traditional themes.
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A repeated or varied theme, idea, or phrase.

Gave us another of his riffs on the decline of civilization.

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A member of any of several Berber peoples inhabiting Er Rif.
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The Berber language of this people.
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(1) (Resource Interchange File Format) A multimedia file format introduced by Microsoft and IBM in the early 1990s that is structured in "chunks." Each chunk identifies the type of data that follows, thus RIFF files can be composites of different audio and video content. Microsoft's AVI and WAV files conform to the RIFF format. See AVI and WAV.
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To play a riff.
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A member of a Berber people living in the Rif and nearby regions.
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Origin of riff

  • Origin unknown

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