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time signaturenoun [C]

uk   us  
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time signaturenoun [C]

 us   /ˈtɑɪm ˌsɪɡ·nə·tʃər, -nəˌtʃʊr/
music two ​numbers in written ​music that show how many ​beats are in a ​bar (= ​part of a ​piece of ​music) and which ​note gets one ​beat: If the time signature is 3/4, there are three ​beats to a ​measure and a ​quarternote gets one ​beat.
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