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time signature
top: 2:4 time indicates two beats per measure
bottom: 3:4 time indicates three beats per measure

time signature

n. Music
A sign placed on a staff to indicate the meter, commonly a numerical fraction of which the numerator is the number of beats per measure and the denominator represents the kind of note getting one beat.
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time signature

n
(Music, other) music a sign usually consisting of two figures, one above the other, the upper figure representing the number of beats per bar and the lower one the time value of each beat. This sign is placed after the key signature at the outset of a piece or section of a piece
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time′ sig`nature



n.
a fractional designation given after the key signature in music, the denominator giving the basic note value for the beat and the numerator the number of such notes to the measure.
[1870–75]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.time signature - a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
alla breve - a musical time signature indicating two or four half notes to a measure
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Translations
taktart

time signature

n (Mus) → indicazione f del tempo
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