WORD ORIGIN noun 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 1810–20; metro- 1
Related forms met·ro·nom·ic , [me-tr uh- nom-ik] /ˌmɛ trəˈnɒm ɪk/ met·ro·nom·i·cal, adjective met·ro·nom·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for metronomically noun 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 Derived Forms metronomic ( ˌmɛtrəˈnɒmɪk), adjective Word Origin for metronome
C19: from Greek
metron measure + nomos rule, law
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Word Origin and History for metronomically n.
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.
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