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Meaning of tempo by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈtɛm.pəʊ/, X-SAMPA: /tEm.p@U/
    • Rhymes: -ɛmpəʊ


    tempo ( plural: tempos or tempi )

    1. ( plural:: tempos ) a frequency or rate
    2. ( chess, plural:: tempos ) a move which is part of one's own plan or strategy and forces, e.g. by means of a check or attacking a piece, the opponent to make a move which is not bad but of no use for him ( the player gains a tempo, the opponent loses a tempo ), or equivalently a player achieves the same result in fewer moves by one approach rather than another .
    3. ( plural:: tempos ) timing of a particular eventearlier or later than in an alternative situation ( as in chess example )
    4. ( music, plural:: tempi ) The number of beats per minute in a piece of music; also, an indicative term denoting approximate rate of speed in written music ( examples: allegro, andante )

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Explanation of tempo by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the speed at which a composition is to be played

    2. the rate of some repeating event

    Definition of tempo by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Tempo n. [It., fr. L. tempus. See Tense, n.] ( Mus. ) The rate or degree of movement in time.

      A tempo giusto ( jsto ) [It.], in exact time; -- sometimes, directing a return to strict time after a tempo rubato. -- Tempo rubato. See under Rubato.