• WordNet 3.6
    • n tempo (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played
    • n tempo the rate of some repeating event
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tempo (Mus) The rate or degree of movement in time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tempo In music, the relative rapidity of rhythm; time; movement. It is indicated either by such terms as grave, lento, adagio, moderato, allegro, presto, etc. (see these words), with various modifying adverbs, like molto, non troppo, piu, etc., or by reference to a machine called the metronome (which see). A modification of the original tempo of a given piece is indicated by terms like accelerando, stringendo. rallentando, ritenuto, etc. After such modification, a return to the original tempo is marked by a tempo or a tempo primo. An irregular or capricious tempo is marked by ad libitum, a piacere, or tempo rubato. A change from one kind of rhythm to another without change of speed is marked by vistesso tempo.
    • n tempo The characteristic rhythmical and metrical movement or pattern of a dance: as, tempo di valse, tempo di menuetto, etc.
    • n tempo An oval brass coin, with a square hole in the middle, first coined in Japan during the period “tempo” (1830–43 inclusive), and now equal to eight rin or cash, or eight tenths of a sen. One hundred and twenty-five tempos make one yen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tempo tem′pō (mus.) time, relative rapidity of rhythm.
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  • Harold Rosenberg
    “American time has stretched around the world. It has become the dominant tempo of modern history, especially of the history of Europe.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. L. tempus,. See Tense (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Di quelle doglie di capo, {218} che un tempo mi sconquassavano le tempie, non ne sento piu una.
"Notes and Queries, Number 201, September 3, 1853" by Various
Addio care memorie del tempo ah!
"The Lady Doc" by Caroline Lockhart
This gradually increased in tempo until the vibration of it shook the room.
"The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds" by Francis Flagg
American competition gone, the tempo of businesslife seemed to run slower and slower.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The best results in this play are obtained from a fast, snappy tempo throughout.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Paul Dickey
The finale, in the tempo of a minuet, is very pleasing indeed.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
When war comes, there are vast changes in the tempo and pressure of life within the armed establishment.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
The tempo is quickening.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
Find made at Tempo, Co. Fermanagh.
"The Bronze Age in Ireland" by George Coffey
It is usually in 4-4 tempo, what I call the song-hit tempo.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn

In poetry:

"Forse, a quel tempo, egli m'avra` adorata
"Come a ventanni un'illusion si adora!
"Il giovane d'allora
"Amore, arte, piacer m'avra` chiamata!
"Veritas, Vanitas!" by Ferdinando Fontana
Cagliari e` gaja; ha un'aria patriarcale,
E del buon tempo antico ama la legge;
E non pensa a mutar la cattedrale
Lo strano campanil che la protegge.
"Cagliari" by Ferdinando Fontana
"E` un'assidua vicenda!...--Il neonato
"E` vecchio quanto il Tempo!--E` un'infinita
"Catena!... Tutto muore!... E nel Creato
"Freme eterna la vita!..."
"Circolo" by Ferdinando Fontana
Pur tu copia versavi alma di canto
Su le mie labbra un tempo, Aonia Diva,
Quando de' miei fiorenti anni fuggiva
La stagion prima, e dietro erale intanto
"Alla Musa" by Ugo Foscolo
Kiss! Hollyhock in Love's luxuriant close!
Brisk music played on pearly little keys,
In tempo with the witching melodies
Love in the ardent heart repeating goes.
"Il Bacio" by Paul Verlaine
Oh!... Il bel tempo dell'assiduo
Alternar di paci e guerre,
Quando i vescovi aggiravansi
Cavalcando per le terre,
Mentre ai pie` delle Eminenze
Chiedean tutti le indulgenze!
"Evo Medio" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

We had our walk-through today and it was definitely a step down from the tempo we have had all week.
Last year's The Sun & the Neon Light and the new Cinematic Shades albums are more down-tempo.
While bassist Tony Kanal's claim (that it's their 'Bohemian Rhapsody') may be an exaggeration, the song does incorporate a variety of styles and tempos over its whirlwind four minutes.
While bassist Tony Kanal's claim that It's our 'Bohemian Rhapsody' may be an exaggeration, the song does incorporate a variety of styles and tempos over its whirlwind four minutes.
Mike Sinyard set the tempo with his opening address Sunday night.
There was audible grumbling from the stands and on the sidelines where players complained that the breaks in play upset the tempo of the game.
Tempo-Topaz came with a plethora of features that were optional in others.
A recent study of people with arthritis found that listening to slow-tempo music, like that of Mozart or Bach, decreased chronic osteoarthritis pain.
Though fast tempos are absent, most of it is bold music-yet I don't find any of it very compelling.
The Southeastern Conference has a definitive answer on whether Texas A&M can succeed in its rugged league with an up-tempo offense.
Tempo, TV & Surround Sound.
Stressed fleet can't sustain op tempo.
College men's basketball: Louisville deep, talented in typical up-tempo system.
In this activity students will listen to and analyze characteristics of tango music, especially rhythm, and experiment with variations in tempo.
And if you lack a consistent tempo , you can kiss control goodbye.

In science:

The full timing solutions for the four MSPs are presented in Table 1, with the listed uncertainties representing twice the formal uncertainties produced by TEMPO.
Four Highly Dispersed Millisecond Pulsars Discovered in the Arecibo PALFA Galactic Plane Survey
Note. — Figures in parentheses are uncertainties in the last digit quoted and are twice the formal errors from the TEMPO timing solution. aThe parameters T0 and ω are highly covariant in the timing solutions.
Four Highly Dispersed Millisecond Pulsars Discovered in the Arecibo PALFA Galactic Plane Survey
Estimated uncertainties given in parentheses after parameter values are twice the tempo rms errors and refer to the last quoted digit.
Discovery of 14 radio pulsars in a survey of the Magellanic Clouds
De (3.1) verifica−se que somente no caso em que o relógio está muito longe dos efeitos gravitacionais, ou seja, quando r → ∞ o tempo próprio τ do relógio torna−se igual à coordenada tempo t.
Einstein Gravitation Theory: Experimental Tests I
To test our timing model, we used the tempo package.
The orthometric parameterisation of the Shapiro delay and an improved test of general relativity with binary pulsars