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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For François Couperin, it seems that 3/2 in void notation also denoted a slow tempo.
▪ But their frustrating, slow tempo is only half the reason.
▪ The orchestra was not playing it in time, so I made them rehearse it at a slower tempo.
▪ Nor is this the only evidence for 3/2 in void notation indicating a slow tempo.
▪ From the start, Dallas controlled the tempo of the game.
▪ His elegiac tempo for the largo of the Cello Sonata allows him a sustained outpouring of feeling.
▪ The tempo of operations was fast, impressive.
▪ The tempo of the chase increases.
▪ The quietness of the house, to which she stood listening, was a new quietness with an alien tempo.
▪ What, then, I wondered, controls the tempo of life in the deep sea?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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

A tempo giusto (j[=oo]s"t[-o]) [It.], in exact time; -- sometimes, directing a return to strict time after a tempo rubato.

Tempo rubato. See under Rubato.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"relative speed of a piece of music," 1724, from Italian tempo, literally "time" (plural tempi), from Latin tempus "time, season, portion of time" (see temporal). Extended (non-musical) senses by 1898.


n. 1 (context plural: tempos English) a frequency or rate 2 (context chess plural: tempos English) 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 (context plural: tempos English) timing of a particular event – earlier or later than in an alternative situation (as in chess example) 4 (context music plural: tempi English) 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) 5 A small truck of cargo van with three or four wheels, commonly used for commercial transport and deliveries (particularly in Asian and African countries)--a genericided trademark originally associated with Vidal & Sohn Tempo-Werke GmbH that manufactured such vehicles.

  1. n. (music) the speed at which a composition is to be played [syn: pacing]

  2. the rate of some repeating event [syn: pace]

  3. [also: tempi (pl)]


(2,2,6,6-Tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxyl or (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxidanyl, commonly known as TEMPO, is a chemical compound with the formula (CH)(CMe)NO. This heterocyclic compound is a red-orange, sublimable solid. As a stable radical, it has applications in chemistry and biochemistry. TEMPO was discovered by Lebedev and Kazarnowskii in 1960. It is prepared by oxidation of 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine. TEMPO is widely used as a radical marker, as a structural probe for biological systems in conjunction with electron spin resonance spectroscopy, as a reagent in organic synthesis, and as a mediator in controlled radical polymerization. The stability of this radical is attributed to the resonance provided by non-bonding electrons on the nitrogen atom, which form a 2c3e (half-) bond between nitrogen and oxygen, and hyperconjugative ability. Additional stability arises from the steric protection provided by the four methyl groups adjacent to the nitroxyl group; however, the methyl groups prevent a double bond occurring between either carbon adjacent to nitrogen. The stability of the radical is also indicated by the weakness of the O–H bond in the hydrogenated derivative TEMPO–H. With an O–H bond dissociation energy of about 70 kcal/mol, this bond is about 30% weaker than a typical O–H bond.

Tempo (comics)

Tempo, a fictional character, is an African-American mutant in the Marvel Comics universe. She was first introduced as a member of the Mutant Liberation Front in New Mutants.

Tempo (disambiguation)

Tempo is the speed or pace of a musical piece.

Tempo may also refer to:

Tempo (video game)

is a video game for the Sega 32X released in 1995.

The animated backgrounds and imagery is similar to the Rayman games by Ubisoft. The game uses hand-drawn graphics for the backgrounds and sprites. In part because it was released on the failed 32X add-on, it failed to find an audience. Sega nonetheless tried again with two sequels: Tempo Jr. in 1995 for the Game Gear, and Super Tempo in 1998 for the Sega Saturn. Both likewise failed to find an audience.

Tempo (Serbian magazine)

Tempo ( Serbian Cyrillic: Teмпo) was a Serbia-based magazine devoted to sports, published weekly.

Tempo (motorcycle manufacturer)

Tempo was a Norwegian motorcycle and moped brand. Jonas Øglænd made the rolling chassis and most of the parts thereof, and Fichtel & Sachs AG made the engines for the majority of the models. After 1972 the company made mopeds only.

Tempo (EP)

"Tempo" is an EP from the Turkish girl group Hepsi official EP who worked with "Turkish Pop Queen" Sezen Aksu. It was released in August 2006 by Pepsi.

Tempo (company)

Tempo, (also known as Vidal & Sohn Tempo-Werke GmbH), was a German automobile manufacturer based in Hamburg. The company was founded by Oscar Vidal in 1924.

The company was well known in Germany, producing popular vans like the Matador and the Hanseat. Tempo also produced small military vehicles during the 1930s and 1940s.

Tempo (chess)

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In chess, tempo refers to a "turn" or single move. When a player achieves a desired result in one fewer move, the player "gains a tempo"; and conversely when a player takes one more move than necessary, the player "loses a tempo". Similarly, when a player forces their opponent to make moves not according to their initial plan, one "gains tempo" because the opponent wastes moves. A move that gains a tempo is often called a move "with tempo".

A simple example of losing a tempo may be moving a rook from the h1-square to h5 and from there to h8 in the first diagram; simply moving from h1 to h8 would have achieved the same result with a tempo to spare. Such maneuvers do not always lose a tempo however—the rook on h5 may make some threat which needs to be responded to. In this case, since both players have "lost" a tempo, the net result in terms of time is nil, but the change brought about in the position may favor one player more than the other.

Tempo (journal)

Tempo is a quarterly music journal published in the UK and specialising in music of the 20th century and contemporary music. Originally founded in 1939 as the 'house magazine' of the music publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Tempo was the brain-child of Schoenberg's pupil Erwin Stein, who worked for Boosey & Hawkes as a music editor.

The journal's first editor was Ernest Chapman and it was intended to be a bi-monthly publication. Nos.1 to 4 appeared from January to July 1939; but owing to the outbreak of the Second World War there was a hiatus in publication until August 1941, when issue No.5 appeared, and another until February 1944, when regular publication resumed with No.6 on a roughly quarterly basis. Meanwhile the New York office of Boosey & Hawkes set up a separate American edition which produced six issues in 1940–42 (numbered 1–6, independent of the UK numbering) and an unnumbered 'wartime edition' in February 1944.

In 1946, the journal was enlarged and redesigned and began a new numbering: Nos.1 and 2 of the New Series were notionally Nos. 16 and 17 of the Old Series, but thereafter dual numbering was dropped.

From the 1950s, Tempo began to cover a wider range of music than that published by Boosey. Past editors include Anthony Gishford, Donald Mitchell, Colin Mason and David Drew. Beginning in 1974, the journal was edited by Malcolm MacDonald under his journalistic alias of Calum MacDonald. Following his retirement, beginning in January 2014 the journal's Editor is Bob Gilmore, assisted by Reviews Editor Juliet Fraser.

Many of the leading composers and writers on music over the past six decades have contributed to the journal, for example Erwin Stein, Hans Keller, Anthony Payne, Roger Smalley, Robert Craft, Arnold Whittall, Alexander Goehr. Many issues have become collectors' items over the years, notably single-composer issues devoted to Richard Strauss, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Frederick Delius, Benjamin Britten, Peter Maxwell Davies, Roberto Gerhard, Igor Markevitch. Several issues have included specially composed musical supplements by leading contemporary composers, including extensive collections for the 85th birthday of Stravinsky, in memory of Stravinsky and for the 90th birthday of Elliott Carter. Pierre Boulez's work '' '... explosante/fixe ...' '' originated as a contribution to the Stravinsky memorial collection.

The title was transferred to Cambridge University Press in 2002.

Tempo (bridge)

In the card game of bridge, tempo refers to the timing advantage of being on lead, thus being first to initiate one's play strategy to develop tricks for one's side. Tempo also refers to the speed of play and more generally refers to the rhythm of play over several tricks.

According to the rules of the game, the right to select the first card to play (the opening lead) belongs to the defenders; afterwards, the right to lead belongs to the hand who has won the previous trick. Being on lead generally presents an advantage, as it presents an opportunity to choose a suit and card which will develop a trick for the leader's side. However, in endplay situations being on lead certainly does not present an advantage—quite the opposite.

The tempo can be used for many purposes:

  • Setting up tricks – for example, against notrump contracts, defenders will often lead the longest and strongest suit, to set up the tricks in that suit. Against trump contracts, lead of a short suit can set up a subsequent ruff before the declarer can draw trumps.
  • Pitching losers – for example, having x opposite AKQx, the declarer may discard cards from another suit on the honors, holding xxx opposite xxx if on lead; if the opponents were on lead, they can cash the tricks in the declarer's weak suit.
  • Taking tricks – the converse of pitching losers. Having the lead lets us take our tricks before the other side gets to pitch in the suit(s).
  • Trump promotion or coup en passant – if the other side had the lead, they could simply draw trumps; however, with our side on lead, an extra trump trick can be produced.
  • Killing entries – opponents can be forced to use entries in the wrong order.
Tempo (Indonesian magazine)

Tempo is an Indonesian weekly magazine that covers news and politics. It was founded by Goenawan Mohamad and Yusril Djalinus and the first edition was published in March 6, 1971.

Tempo (Mozambique magazine)

Tempo was a weekly illustrated magazine founded in 1970 in Maputo, Portuguese East Africa, which is now present-day Mozambique. The magazine acted as a voice of opposition to Portuguese colonial practices and rule in the colony. It was Mozambique's first full color magazine.

Tempo was co-founded by photojournalist Ricardo Rangel and four other Mozambican journalists. Rangel worked as the magazine's main photographer.

Tempo (astronomy)

Tempo is a computer program to analyze radio observations of pulsars. Once enough observations are available, Tempo can deduce the pulsar rotation rate and phase, astrometric position and rates of change, and parameters of binary systems, by fitting models to pulse times of arrival measured at one or more terrestrial observatories. This is a non-trivial procedure because much larger effects must be removed before the detailed fit can be performed. These include:

  • Dispersion of the pulses in the Interstellar medium, the solar system, and the ionosphere
  • Observatory motion (including Earth rotation, precession, nutation, polar motion and orbital motion)
  • Tropospheric propagation delay
  • Gravitational time dilation due to binary companions and Solar system bodies.

Tempo is maintained and distributed by Princeton University and the Australia Telescope National Facility. There is a reference manual available, but no general documentation.

Tempo is a relatively old program, and is being replaced by Tempo2. The main advantages of Tempo2, from the abstract, are:

We have developed tempo2, a new pulsar timing package that contains propagation and other relevant effects implemented at the 1ns level of precision (a factor of ~100 more precise than previously obtainable). In contrast with earlier timing packages, tempo2 is compliant with the general relativistic framework of the IAU 1991 and 2000 resolutions and hence uses the International Celestial Reference System, Barycentric Coordinate Time and up-to-date precession, nutation and polar motion models.

Tempo (radio show)

Tempo is the midday program on CBC Radio 2 in Canada, launched on September 2, 2008.

Hosted by Canadian opera singer Julie Nesrallah, the program airs classical music. Tempo aims to present music and background stories to inspire.

Originally, Tempo ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday; the show was later cut by an hour, and scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Among the show's features was its Haydn Challenge, a now-completed attempt to play all 104 symphonies of Joseph Haydn during the 2009 calendar year.


  • Tempo Chill Zone

Among the guest hosts are Andrew Craig.

Tempo (film)

Tempo (film) is a 2003 American film directed by Eric Styles and starring Melanie Griffith, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Hugh Dancy.

Tempo (rapper)

David Sánchez Badillo (born September 25, 1978), better known as Tempo, is a Puerto Rican rapper and songwriter.

Tempo (Turkey magazine)

Tempo is a monthly news and cultural magazine, published in Turkey. The magazine was established in 1987. It features politics, life, health, society, and entertainment. The magazine is owned and published by Doğan Media Group. It was published on a weekly basis until 2009 when its frequency was changed to monthly.

Regular contributors include Umberto Eco, Murat Belge and Susan Miller.

Tempo (app)

Tempo was an artificial intelligence-enhanced calendar application for iOS. Developed by Tempo AI, a spinoff of SRI International, the application was reviewed by numerous blogs and media outlets, including Wired, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, and others. Raj Singh, Thierry Donneau-Golencer and Corey Hulen are the Co-Founders of Tempo AI, Inc.

Using data (from social media, calendars, emails, contacts, location, etc.) stored on a user's iPhone or iPod touch, Tempo compiled information related to any given event and displayed it when requested, hence making the application context-aware.

The application was launched on February 13, 2013, and a reservation system was implemented on February 18, 2013, in order to handle high demand of over 100,000 signups. The day the reservation system was launched, nearly 73% of the ratings Tempo received in the App Store were one-star, the lowest possible. Previously, the application had received mainly five-star ratings.

On May 29, 2015, it was announced that Tempo had been acquired by The Tempo app was shut down on June 30, 2015.

Tempo (Italian magazine)

Tempo (meaning Time in English) was an Italian language illustrated weekly news magazine published in Milan, Italy, between 1939 and 1976 with a temporary interruption during World War II.

Tempo (railcar)

The Tempos are a fleet of 25 lightweight streamlined railway coaches built by Hawker-Siddeley Canada for the Canadian National Railway in 1968. The cars were the centrepiece of a new set of intercity passenger trains in Southwestern Ontario. The fleet passed to Via Rail in 1978 and later saw use with the Ski Train, QIT-Fer et Titane, and the Algoma Central Railway.

Usage examples of "tempo".

Era Capitu, que nos espreitara desde algum tempo, por dentro da veneziana, e agora abrira inteiramente a janela, e aparecera.

Camilla conservava ancora qualche cosa di solenne, resto dello stato di demenza in cui era rimasta tanto tempo, ma pure era tornata in senno.

Qui gli antichi Etruschi dopo essere stati disfatti in battaglia campale dai Romani nella pianura, fecero fronte per molto tempo ancora alle legioni vittoriose.

While Robespierre deliberately worked alone, cultivating, Jean-Jacques-like, the austere isolation of the prophet, the Girondins played off each other like members of a string quartet, the cadence and tempo of their transcendent rhetoric rising and falling, swelling and fading with the effect they had on each other.

In any event his fingers danced around his hands like agitated medusae and the translator chirped and whined and burbled in an increasing tempo with fewer and fewer intelligible words.

Lei non crede come me, ma in questi tempi non possiamo avere tutti i medesimi principii.

As for the additional ten murders Doil was believed to have committed, if he was found guilty and executed for the Tempone killings, they would remain forever unresolved.

Then, when Ainslie took the stand and described the arrest at the Tempone murder scene, Doil exploded.

They paced to the tempo of his thoughts that grieved over his ladies having to return without the finery they had been refused by a gombeen man.

Conduzindo o gado lentamente pelos pastos e pela estrada, tinha bastante tempo para pensar.

Eu a olhava de vez em quando, mas ela ficou um bom tempo sem olhar para mim.

Depois de um tempo, ele abriu os olhos e procurou por mim, berrando meu nome.

Mykh murmured and began to rock against her, chuckling as different tempos caught her off-balance then moaning as she quickly matched him.

Motownishly behind him, and other puppets bouncing in tempo on- and offstage as the script requires.

Kees to have a rehearsal of both these symphonies, as they are very delicate, particularly the last movement in D, which I recommend to be given as pianissimo as possible, and the tempo very quick.