noun, plural tem·pos, tem·pi [tem-pee] /ˈtɛm pi/.
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Definition for tempo (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for tempo
At the same time, it has escalated the tempo of aerial bombardment and resumed its scorched earth campaign against civilians.Satellites Correctly Predict Military Campaign Against Civilians in Sudan|Akshaya Kumar|December 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rather it is the time to increase the size and tempo of guerrilla attacks even through the coming, bitterly cold Afghan winter.Taliban’s Quetta Shura Meet in Islamabad to Press for Peace|Ron Moreau|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Crisis, pause, crisis, pause: this has been the tempo of North Korean behavior since the end of the Cold War.
Now, with the campaign over, President Obama must set the tempo for a second term.
With Bachmann hanging back, Romney seized control of the tempo in what may have been his strongest performance so far.
The clang of machinery, beginning slowly, increased in tempo.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
In the south the tempo was slower, the striving for escape less hysterical and more philosophic.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
No sooner had the tempo changed than a spirit of new life seemingly entered the girl's frame.
Nor was there amongst the laud players one who could play a malaguea, nor could the guitar player beat the tempo.Poor Folk in Spain|Jan Gordon
His delicate pianissimo, the ever-changing modifications of tone and time (tempo rubato) were of indescribable effect.
British Dictionary definitions for tempo (1 of 2)
noun plural -pos or -pi (-piː)
Word Origin for tempo
British Dictionary definitions for tempo (2 of 2)
Word Origin for a tempo
Word Origin and History for tempo
"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.
Culture definitions for tempo
In music, the speed at which a piece is performed. It is the Italian word for “time.”