a mechanical or electrical instrument that makes repeated clicking sounds at an adjustable pace, used for marking rhythm, especially in practicing music.
- met·ro·nom·ic [me-truh-nom-ik], /ˌmɛ trəˈnɒm ɪk/, met·ro·nom·i·cal, adjective
- met·ro·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use metronome in a sentence
Larson, mused Ben Brantley in the New York Times in 2001, “seems to have lived his life and composed his music to the rhythm of some cosmic metronome, noisily decapitating the seconds.”The intertwined legacies of Jonathan Larson and Lin-Manuel Miranda | Constance Grady | November 19, 2021 | Vox
Still, its metronome and recording functions are helpful learning tools—they just require some user control.The best beginner keyboards let you build piano skills without a major investment | Jay Cabrera | October 31, 2021 | Popular-Science
The orange dove, for example, sounds like a ticking metronome.
These rhythms, called brain waves, are like a metronome or internal clock.A Neuron’s Sense of Timing Encodes Information in the Human Brain | Jason Dorrier | July 11, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Most important, it’s become the metronome for my day, forcing me to stand up and flip or change the record every 20 minutes or so.
So still was the place that the caged cricket hanging from the eaves of Um's distant room beat time like an elfin metronome.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
It is another question whether we can by this means attain the necessary universal use of the metronome.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1 of 2 | Lady Wallace
When I 'go into training,' I find the best means to attain velocity is to work with the metronome.
One can't jump at once into the necessary agility, and the metronome is a great help in bringing one up to the right pitch.
As for the metronome, I approve of it to cultivate the sense of rhythm in those who are lacking in this particular sense.
British Dictionary definitions for metronome
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
- metronomic (ˌmɛtrəˈnɒmɪk), adjective
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