[ tem-pee ]

  1. a plural of tempo.

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How to use tempi in a sentence

  • The tempi were all too fast, so that one could scarcely distinguish the three notes one from the other.

  • Unfortunately, at the express desire of the Prince, almost all the tempi were taken too quick, and thereby much spoiled.

  • Up in the top story hurrying drips beat, like metronomes, all the tempi, from a ponderous adagio to a racing prestissimo.

    Mount Music | E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • It instantly recalls the tempi Madonna of Raphael, both in the pose of the figure and in the genuineness of feeling exhibited.

    The Madonna in Art | Estelle M. Hurll
  • Moreover, when it happened that Beethoven metronomed the same work twice over, he marked the tempi differently each time.

    Life of Beethoven | Anton Schindler

British Dictionary definitions for tempi


/ (ˈtɛmpiː) /

  1. (in musical senses) the plural of tempo

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