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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The first count of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves toward the floor).

Usage examples (37)
  • Atop lazy swirls of blues riffs, a voice croaks: "It's what you call a downbeat, it's what you call a downbeat."
  • They are not "downbeat" -- perhaps even when they should be.
  • Economists were universally downbeat, which isn't totally surprising.
  • Basically, each downbeat is doubled in length. for more
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