- a plural of tempo.
- Music. relative rapidity or rate of movement, usually indicated by such terms as adagio, allegro, etc., or by reference to the metronome.
- characteristic rate, rhythm, or pattern of work or activity: the tempo of city life.
- Chess. the gaining or losing of time and effectiveness relative to one's continued mobility or developing position, especially with respect to the number of moves required to gain an objective: Black gained a tempo.
Origin of tempo
Related Words for tempipace, cadence, momentum, velocity, downbeat, measure, meter, rate, pulse, time, speed, bounce
Examples from the Web for tempi
Historical Examples of tempi
In three movements of which the tempi are indicated by Bach.Bach
Charles Francis Abdy Williams
"They will soon be tempi passati, these giorni felice," he said, sighing.Frederick The Great and His Family
The Tempi Madonna holds him to her heart, pressing her lips to his soft cheek.The Madonna in Art
Estelle M. Hurll
The character of these pieces is prevailingly sentimental, and the tempi were not so quick then as now.The Voice in Singing
You shall receive by the next post the Tempi of the Sonata marked in accordance with Maelzel's metronome.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2
- (in musical senses) the plural of tempo
- the speed at which a piece or passage of music is meant to be played, usually indicated by a musical direction (tempo marking) or metronome marking
- rate or pace
Word Origin for tempo
Word Origin and History for tempi
"relative speed of a piece of music," 1724, from Italian tempo, literally "time" (plural tempi), from Latin tempus (genitive temporis) "time" (see temporal). Extended to non-musical senses 1898.
In music, the speed at which a piece is performed. It is the Italian word for “time.”