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Definition the pace of something (time between events or subevents)  — especially the pace at which music is played
  • It was a little up-tempo for slow dancing, but that didn't seem to concern him.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The vacant, lost look in his eyes increased the tempo of her heart.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Cinder sighed and changed the tempo of her tapping fingers.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I had his tempo and rhythm down now.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • She felt her pulse pick up tempo, and she brought her face close to Ben's.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Now the child in the center began whirling, spinning to lyrics sung in a different, faster tempo: "Solomon 'n' Reiner Belali Shalut..."
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • My breathing falls in time with my mother's, with the tempo of the waves outside.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Though the pounding sound, much like the beat of a kettle drum, was timed to the insistent tempo of the strings, it overrode them.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Outside, the light pulsed madly as the tempo of the distant space battle quickened.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 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
  • "... 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
  • There was a tempo to how stories got told.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Ramadi had been hot and heavy, with an op tempo that was pretty severe, worse even than Fallujah.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • His breathing was even — like the fixed tempo of a marathoner.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • 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
  • The music swells, the tempo rises, and the dancers' long skirts float out like bells.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • 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
  • Nolan got a funny look on his face and picked up the tempo.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • 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
  • He began to control the tempo and flow of the game with the sheer immensity of his gifts.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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