One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The speed at which a passage of music is or should be played.
cadence, speed, rhythm, beat, time, pulseView synonyms
- ‘Clapping her hands she set the tempo for the music.’
- ‘Listening to music with a slow tempo helps calm the mind.’
- ‘He worked with the pianist to get the tempi of the music precisely right.’
- ‘The fast tempo music was replaced by a soft ballad.’
- ‘I tend to like dramatic music with contrasts in tempo and instrumentation.’
2The rate or speed of motion or activity; pace.‘the tempo of life dictated by a heavy workload’
pace, rate, speed, velocityView synonyms
- ‘Reports are filtering in this week of an increase in pace and tempo.’
- ‘He was dictating the pace and tempo of the fight in these rounds.’
- ‘He wants to maintain the tempo of his activities at a high level.’
- ‘The tempo of diplomatic activity increased.’
- ‘His heart's tempo was picking up.’
- ‘The team is dictating the tempo and enjoying success in every aspect of its offense.’
- ‘He is constantly looking to dictate the tempo.’
- ‘He forced the pace and tempo of the affair throughout.’
- ‘The tempo of economic activity has slowed.’
- ‘I laughed as we continued to dance, our tempo speeding up more as we went along.’
- ‘Had I been allowed to up the tempo it might have been a different result.’
- ‘My whole body gets into the rhythm and tempo of the motion I'm going to use.’
- ‘The key is to choose a weight with which you're able to control the tempo and range of motion.’
- ‘It's a creepy little dance, with the tempo constantly changing.’
- ‘The novel's leisurely pace picks up tempo and tension towards the middle.’
- ‘His tempos are often very quick, and he is not easy to follow.’
- ‘The tempo and pace of the game had increased.’
- ‘They upped the tempo in the second half.’
- ‘The skiers maintain the same pace and tempo.’
- ‘You are used to dominating a race, increasing and decreasing the tempo when you like.’
Mid 17th century (as a fencing term denoting the timing of an attack): from Italian, from Latin tempus ‘time’.
(in South Asia) a light three-wheeled delivery van.
- ‘Motorcycles, cars, tempos and lorries are vying for parking space.’
- ‘They will be ferried inward by tempos or bicycles.’
- ‘Some tempos and mini-vans were blocked in Karnataka.’
- ‘About forty-five vehicles, including motorbikes, auto-rickshaws and tempos, were burned’
- ‘The only vehicles with whom I lose out are call centre cabs and tempos.’
- ‘The tempos they were traveling in were attacked and burnt.’
An invented word.
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