Definition of metronome in English:



  • A device used by musicians that marks time at a selected rate by giving a regular tick.

    • ‘A clock filled the falling silence, ticking like a metronome, keeping the beat of the daily grind.’
    • ‘Study of these works should not be attempted, nor can mastery be achieved, without consistent and disciplined use of the metronome.’
    • ‘As well as ticking on each beat, metronomes often have a bell which can be set to ting every second, third, or fourth beat to mark the first beat in the bar.’
    • ‘In her own teaching, she focused on students' technical and musical problems one at a time, advised practicing slowly and advocated use of the metronome.’
    • ‘We all need the music teacher's most basic pedagogical tool, the metronome.’
    • ‘He just wants metronomes, randomness, atonality, doubletime kick drums and clicks.’
    • ‘There's no rules, and Mozart was before the age of the metronome.’
    • ‘In addition, a built-in metronome can accommodate standard and odd-metered rhythms and be programmed for future time changes.’
    • ‘We recorded it on my portable disc recorder, 78 rpm, and a metronome was set at 78 and placed adjacent to the microphone.’
    • ‘This is the stuff of unrestrained release - hardly a place for a handy metronome and the prison of barlines!’
    • ‘Twice in rehearsal, he adjusts his pocket metronome to the deejay's pulse, deferring to the dominant instrument.’
    • ‘The use of metronomes, electronic tuners or other mechanical devices will not be allowed during the contestant's performance.’
    • ‘The metronome is handy and well positioned visually to be a constant reminder of the benefit of slow practice.’
    • ‘The water splashed back and forth, smooth and steady, keeping time like a metronome.’
    • ‘As the movement progresses there is, of course, flexibility of tempo as measured against a metronome but everything seems so solid and inevitable.’
    • ‘Many students may need to be introduced to effective practice methods such as repetition, playing with a metronome, woodshedding and visualization.’
    • ‘This may include practicing for a predetermined amount of time per day or utilizing the metronome to improve rhythm.’
    • ‘Prior to learning the notes, students need to tap and count the rhythm, incorporating all accents and dynamics, with the metronome set to the eighth note.’
    • ‘The prizes have been metronomes, music, piano bags and miniature pianos filled with candy.’
    • ‘So what does irregular handwriting, with sudden loops, squashed sprawls, and verticals ticking like metronomes, say about the man?’


Early 19th century: from Greek metron measure + nomos law.