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He bent his head until his lips touched her neck, and spoke against her skin, his words matching the tempo of her pulse.
Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  the pace of something (time between events or subevents)  — especially the pace at which music is played
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Strongly Associated with:   largo, presto
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  • He bent his head until his lips touched her neck, and spoke against her skin, his words matching the tempo of her pulse.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Cinder sighed and changed the tempo of her tapping fingers.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Then Mrs. Lovelace completely changed tempo and played the opening notes to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • My pulse increased from an andante tempo to a lively allegretto.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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  • The vacant, lost look in his eyes increased the tempo of her heart.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • In his head, a tune often played without his deciding which one—"You Are My Sunshine" for one task, say, and "Blueberry Hill" for another—and his work would fall into the tempo of the song.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Her voice constantly yelled out commands to her charges; it would rise in tempo and volume, until finally, as an adjunct to her voice, the strap against flesh would sound, followed by the scream of the child.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The pianist’s sparkling, up-tempo arrangement of "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue" seemed to be floating in from an alternate universe.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • By their labour the slave populations allow the tempo of continuous warfare to be speeded up.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 1 His extended foot swung slowly up and down in the tempo.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • As the years passed, the tempo of his quest accelerated; it had the tone of panic.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • There was a tempo to how stories got told.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • "… Our helper He a-mid the floods," wafted out across the Common in the tempo of a football march, "Of mortal ills prevailing!"
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It was sung at a faster clip than the usual one in the C.M.E. Church, but at that tempo it worked.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • From bed I could hear the tempo build to an ear-shattering climax.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • I remember sweat-drenched men dancing the traditional attan in a circle, bouncing, spinning faster and faster with the feverish tempo of the tabla, until all but a few dropped out of the ring with exhaustion.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • She felt her pulse pick up tempo, and she brought her face close to Ben’s.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • I heard my feet hitting the sidewalk too quickly, as though they were trying to match the tempo of a dance song.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • One step at a time, I told myself as we began to descend to the slow tempo of the march.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Now the child in the center began whirling, spinning to lyrics sung in a different, faster tempo: "Solomon ’n’ Reiner Belali Shalut…" Solomon again, and Reiner?
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • It was a blues, the tempo slow, and the two people danced close together.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • They, all of them, all of the people took it up and sung it over and over until it was wrung dry, and no further innovations of tone and tempo were conceivable.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The wind of the morning ruffled the water of the estuary and whispered through the mangroves, and the little waves beat on the rubbly beach with an increased tempo.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • Before Roran quite knew it, anchors had been raised, the gangway was cut loose, and a drum pounded beneath his feet, setting the tempo for the oarsmen.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • But the South was aflame with war, events roared along as swiftly as if carried by a mighty wind and the slow tempo of the old days was gone.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • His breathing was even — like the fixed tempo of a marathoner.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The tempo of the roll call had broken.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Yet there was a tempo of headlong rushing to this place that filled Jessica with foreboding.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • (Laughter) QUAKERLYSTER: (A tempo) But he that filches from me my good name….
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • There was a change in tempo, and Sir Grummore’s horse could be definitely seen to be cantering.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The constant tempo of that violence pulsed throughout my body and made me feel small, and weak, and cowardly.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • At first the tempo of the victory dance was slow and measured: stylized.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout
  • She could not be certain, as yet, that Daniels would solve the secret of the motor; but the destroyer, she thought, was moving swiftly, surely, at an ever accelerating tempo; she wondered whether, by the time she rebuilt the motor, there would be any world left to use it.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The bells soon reached a manic tempo where one note clashed against another, at which point the young man thrust a hand out behind himself.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • All we have done and can sometimes do is to slacken the tempo of this brief interval that is called life.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • As Kate watched them dozing or sleeping, caught in a world without time or tempo, a small dim part of her was grateful for the drugs.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • Then beginning in a low voice Uncle Pio would talk for an hour, analyzing the play, entering into a world of finesse in matters of voice and gesture and tempo, and often until dawn they would remain there declaiming to one another the lordly conversation of Calderon.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Her body had a number of long hollows, places the hand might stop to solve in the dark, tempo-slowing places.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Maggie could look at Stephen, which, for some reason or other she always avoided when they were alone; and he could even ask her to play his accompaniment for him, since Lucy’s fingers were so busy with that bazaar-work, and lecture her on hurrying the tempo, which was certainly Maggie’s weak point.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Jones was the sort who categorized his tapes by their flaws, a ragged piano tempo, a botched flute, a wavering French horn.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Around us, the motion of the room has slowed to the lethargic tempo of a music box coming unwound.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Its leisurely tempo feels mismatched to the strenuousness of the exercise, but Shirakawa is subtly controlling his movements in time with the music.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • Outside, the light pulsed madly as the tempo of the distant space battle quickened.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It was a little up-tempo for slow dancing, but that didn’t seem to concern him.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • After all, there was the Marne — that classic line of defence where everything must come to a standstill, the way it does in the fermata of the second section of Chopin’s B minor scherzo, in a stormy tempo of quavers going on and on, more and more tempestuously, until the closing chord — at which point the Germans would retreat to their own border as vigorously as they had advanced; leading to the end of the war and an Allied victory.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Behind the human voices another noise went permanently on: it was like a small machine, an electric belt set at a certain tempo.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • I cleaned acres of glass shelving, changing my tempo now to work faster, holding every nuance of reality within the focus of my consciousness.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • He began to control the tempo and flow of the game with the sheer immensity of his gifts.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • One of the most noticeable changes had been a slowing-down of the mad tempo that had so characterized the twentieth century.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • I see Chava hobbleaway, two confused teenagers at his side, and as he vanishes into a flicker of neon, I hear the final tempo of the crazy life leave my body, the last song before the dying, lapsing forever out of mind as Chava disappears, enveloped in flames breaking through the asphalt, wrested into the black heart of night.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
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Associated words [difficulty]:   tempo [3] , largo [8] , presto [7] , presto [7] , largo [8] , temporal [6] , temporal [6]
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