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compound time

noun, Music.
metrical time beaten so that three beats are counted as one; time in which each beat is divisible by three.
Origin of compound time
1840-50 Unabridged
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  • Allow glazing compound time to cure, in accordance with manufacturer's recommendation, prior to coating application.
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compound time

See compound1 (sense 16a)
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