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metronome

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Definition a device that helps musicians maintain tempo by providing subtle visual or auditory signals
  • I gradually increased the tempo of the metronome as I better learned the passage.
  • The laughing and yelping made a raucous counterpoint to the metronomic tock-tock-tock of the bunny's never-ending hop.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • His heart beat unevenly in his chest, like a broken metronome, but his voice was steady.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • No swinging amulet, no metronome.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "But not just yet," he said, holding up a finger and laughing, a slow metronomic sound, heh-heh-heh ....
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I'm too busy moving from one city and one job to another, loyal to the rhythms of a column-writing schedule that serves as my metronome.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • The metronomic beat of the clock speeds up, and I rise toward the surface.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • In coffins for the not dead and not alive, in planked boxes, the metronomes waited to be set in motion.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • He ran steadily, mechanically, his barrel legs pumping like a metronome.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Miss Eckhart worshiped her metronome.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • From down the hall, like a metronome for the visions, Rosa snored, and Liesel lay awake surrounded, but also remembering a quote from her most recent book.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The toy man had a broken nose slanted to the left: an offbeat metronome caught forever at the start of an upward stroke.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • It was our metronome, our pulse.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • She had a nickel alarm clock and a battered metronome.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The ventilator that's doing my breathing has a soothing rhythm like a metronome, in, out, in, out.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • He nodded, the tears not like tears so much as a quiet metronome—steady, endless.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Lacks children sat up in the colored section next to the projector, which clicked like a metronome through the whole movie.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • A really huge metronome that could also double as a weapon?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Colin's mother shook her head rhythmically, like a disapproving metronome.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • No matter how mechanical the fan is in its movement the textures of air have no sense of the metronome.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family

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