a mechanical or electrical instrument that makes repeated clicking sounds at an adjustable pace, used for marking rhythm, especially in practicing music.

1810–20; metro-1 + -nome < Greek nómos rule, law

metronomic [me-truh-nom-ik] , metronomical, adjective
metronomically, adverb Unabridged
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metronome (ˈmɛtrəˌnəʊm)
a mechanical device which indicates the exact tempo of a piece of music by producing a clicking sound from a pendulum with an adjustable period of swing
[C19: from Greek metron measure + nomos rule, law]

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1816, coined in Eng. from comb. form of Gk. metron "measure" (see meter (2)) + -nomos "regulating," verbal adj. of nemein "to regulate" (see numismatics). The device invented 1815 by John Maelzel.
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Example sentences
The metronomic clatter of flat-bed presses spewing out printed forms is the heartbeat of magazine publishing and pulp fiction.
Such sentiments weren't so controversial when regional growth rates marched upward with metronomic precision.
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