follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

backbeat

[bak-beet] /ˈbækˌbit/
noun, Popular Music.
1.
a secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.
Origin
back1 + beat
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for backbeat
  • Economics does not determine history, but it does provide the backbeat.
  • On a double bill, they're inspiring enough to restore one's faith in the power of the backbeat.
  • backbeat a rhythmic emphasis on the second and fourth beats of a measure.
  • The sound of villagers pounding rice forms the backbeat of my waking hours.
  • In the photos, some grads smile broadly, while stay serious with a backbeat of pride.
  • The third variation is a heavily syncopated deconstruction of the main theme with a lumbering jazzy backbeat.
  • The organ is pumping, and the choir is swaying and clapping to the backbeat.
British Dictionary definitions for backbeat

backbeat

/ˈbækˌbiːt/
noun
1.
(music) the second and fourth beats of a bar written in even time or, in more complex time signatures, the last beat of the bar Compare downbeat (sense 1), upbeat (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for backbeat

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for backbeat

18
0
Scrabble Words With Friends