- a mechanical or electrical instrument that makes repeated clicking sounds at an adjustable pace, used for marking rhythm, especially in practicing music.
Origin of metronome
Related Words for metronomealarm, timer, timepiece, clock, hourglass, metronome, dial, watch, chronometer, calendar, chronograph, repeater, pendulum, horologe, chronoscope, gnomon, sundial, stopwatch, clepsydra, tattler
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The metronome indication, found at the beginning of most modern scores.Essentials in Conducting
Karl Wilson Gehrkens
And now the Wyvern swung it back and forth in a metronome sweep.Storm Over Warlock
The metronome is not expensive to put up; it costs 16 at the most.The Orchestral Conductor
The sense of time deserted him when the metronome of heartbeat died.Instinct
George Oliver Smith
The simplest form is the tick-tick-tick of a watch or metronome.The Principles of English Versification
Paull Franklin Baum
- a mechanical device which indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music by producing a clicking sound from a pendulum with an adjustable period of swing
Word Origin for metronome
mechanical musical time-keeper, 1815, coined in English from comb. form of Greek metron "measure" (see meter (n.2)) + -nomos "regulating," verbal adjective of nemein "to regulate" (see numismatics). The device invented 1815 by Johann Maelzel (1772-1838), German civil engineer and showman. Related: Metronomic.