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down·beat

 (doun′bēt′)
n. Music
1. The first beat of a measure.
2. The downward stroke made by a conductor to indicate the first beat of a measure.
adj.
Cheerless; pessimistic.

downbeat

(ˈdaʊnˌbiːt)
n
(Music, other) music the first beat of a bar or the downward gesture of a conductor's baton indicating this. Compare upbeat
adj
1. (Psychology) informal depressed; gloomy
2. informal relaxed; unemphatic

down•beat

(ˈdaʊnˌbit)

n.
1. the downward stroke of a conductor's arm or baton indicating the first or accented beat of a measure.
2. the first beat of a measure.
adj.
3. Slang. gloomy; pessimistic.
[1876]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.downbeat - the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward)
musical rhythm, rhythm, beat - the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"

downbeat

Informal
adjective
1. low-key, muted, subdued, sober, sombre The headlines were suitably downbeat.
Translations

downbeat

[ˈdaʊnˌbiːt]
A. ADJ (= gloomy) → pesimista, deprimido; (= unemphatic) [tone, statement] → moderado
B. N (Mus) → compás m acentuado

downbeat

[ˈdaʊnbiːt]
adj (= pessimistic) [person] → pessimiste, négatif/ive; [assessment] → pessimiste
to be downbeat about sth → être pessimiste à propos de qch
n (MUSIC)temps m frappé

downbeat

[ˈdaʊnˌbiːt]
1. n (Mus) → tempo in battere
2. adj (fam) (gloomy) → pessimistico/a; (relaxed) → distaccato/a
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