• WordNet 3.6
    • n metronome clicking pendulum indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Metronome An instrument consisting of a short pendulum with a sliding weight. It is set in motion by clockwork, and serves to measure time in music.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n metronome A mechanical contrivance for marking time, especially as an aid in musical study or performance. In its usual form it consists of a double pendulum (oscillating on a pivot near its center), the lower end of which is weighted with a ball of lead, while the upper end carries a weight of brass that may be moved up or down. When the latter weight is moved up, the rate of oscillation is slower; when it is moved down, the rate is faster. The upper end of the pendulum isgraduated, so that any desired number of oscillations per minute can be secured. The whole is connected with clockwork having a strong spring, whereby the oscillation may be maintained for several minutes, and each oscillation may be marked by a distinct tick or clack. The invention of the metronome was claimed by J.N. Maelzel in 1816, but it is probable that he only adapted and introduced it to general use. The instrument is used for recording the tem po desired by a composer, and also as a means of teaching beginners the habit of keeping strict time. Its use is indicated in printed music by the metronomic mark (which see, under mark). Sometimes an attachment is added for striking a bell at every second, third, fourth, or sixth oscillation, so as to mark primary accents: such a metronome is called a bell-metronome. Various other metronomes have been invented, most of which are based upon the pendulum principle. Abbreviated M.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Metronome an instrument like an inverted pendulum which measures musical time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. measure + distribute, assign: cf. F. métronome, It. metronomo,


In literature:

There's an old metronome up-stairs that Cyril left.
"Miss Billy Married" by Eleanor H. Porter
Meantime Hope gave her inevitable music-lesson, so absorbed in her own thoughts that it was all as mechanical as the metronome.
"Malbone" by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I'm sure the metronome would waggle in perfect unison with your tempo.
"Cow-Country" by B. M. Bower
They did this with the utmost gravity three times, and then embraced again, rocking on pivoted feet like a metronome.
"Openings in the Old Trail" by Bret Harte
The metronome is for the student, but metronome and rubato are, as de Lenz would have said, mutually exclusive.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
The metronome tempo is mostly 88, but varies at times and runs as-high as 92 per minute in the last half of the 4th verse.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
You can bring the metronome with you; nothing can be done with it.
"Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2" by Lady Wallace
And now the Wyvern swung it back and forth in a metronome sweep.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The table was violently shaken and the metronome set going.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
The metronome is not expensive to put up; it costs 16 pounds at the most.
"The Orchestral Conductor" by Hector Berlioz

In poetry:

Invisible evil, deprived and bold.
All day the clock will metronome
Your gallant fear; the needles clicking,
The heels detonating the stair's cavern
"Prelude To An Evening" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

Logan Cathoro (from left), Logan Sullivan and Thor Georgesen march to the beats of a metronome during practice to correctly synchronize their steps with the drill accompanying the band's original field show, called "All Points North".
More Tips on Working with a Metronome , Plus an Unusual Scale.
How to Practice with a Metronome .
Korg Introduces TM50 Combo Tuner Metronome .
I'm Not a Metronome .
Syncopated Metronome Playlist for Sunday October 14, 2001 Hosted by Mike Lambert.
Syncopated Metronome Playlist for Sunday, December 17, 2000 hosted by Michael Lambert.
So while not as obvious as in the prior video, it seems the table the 32 metronomes are on allows for enough movement to let this process take effect and lead to them synching with one another.
If you've ever played an instrument, you're probably familiar with the humble metronome.
More Tips on Working with a Metronome, Plus an Unusual Scale.
The Steelers have performed with a met­ronome-like consistency under coach Mike Tomlin, starting 6-2 in each of his first five seasons.
The Last Stand" through "Spider-Man 3"), has been the introducing of new characters, often with all the imagination of a metronome.
Together with Gardiner 's super-fleet tempos (which honor the composer's sometimes controversial metronome markings), the result is in-your-face Beethoven, sizzling Beethoven, almost punk Beethoven.
Sustaining early success would seem to be a relatively simple task for the Knicks, a veteran team that has clicked like a metronome during three blowout wins.
The Metronome gathers driving data and transmits it in real-time to provide an accurate report of miles driven.

In science:

Hemiparetic stepping to the beat: Asymmetric response to metronome phase shift during treadmill gait.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
For a simple function for the base movement (such as y = γx [rθ1 + (1 − r)θ2 ] in which y is the velocity of the base, γx is a multiplier, r is a proportion and θ1 and θ2 are phases of the metronomes), we show the effects on the dynamics of the oscillators.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact
The metronomes make a tick sound when the rod reaches the far left or far right. 5Reading the values of the angles by using mechanical devices is reasonable if the sensory device does not interfere with the dynamics of the system.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact
Synchronization and chaotic dynamics of coupled mechanical metronomes.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact
We use mechanical wind-up metronomes as oscillators that are mechanically coupled through a moving base.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact