noun, plural tempos, tempi [tem-pee] .
Music. relative rapidity or rate of movement, usually indicated by such terms as adagio, allegro, etc., or by reference to the metronome.
characteristic rate, rhythm, or pattern of work or activity: the tempo of city life.
Chess. the gaining or losing of time and effectiveness relative to one's continued mobility or developing position, especially with respect to the number of moves required to gain an objective: Black gained a tempo.

1680–90; < Italian < Latin tempus time

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tempo (ˈtɛmpəʊ)
n , pl -pos, -pi
1.  the speed at which a piece or passage of music is meant to be played, usually indicated by a musical direction (tempo marking) or metronome marking
2.  rate or pace
[C18: from Italian, from Latin tempus time]

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Word Origin & History

"relative speed of a piece of music," 1724, from It. tempo, lit. "time" (pl. tempi), from L. tempus (gen. temporis) "time." Extended to non-musical senses 1898.
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Cultural Dictionary

tempo definition

In music, the speed at which a piece is performed. It is the Italian word for “time.”

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Computing Dictionary

TEMPO definition

A programming language with simple syntax and semantics designed for teaching semantic and pragmatic aspects of programming languages.
["TEMPO: A Unified Treatment of Binding Time and Parameter Passing Concepts in Programming Languages", N.D. Jones et al, LNCS 66, Springer 1978].

Tempo definition

operating system
The original code name for Mac OS version 8.

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Example sentences
When the tempo slowed, so did their pedaling and their entire affect.
For many corporations, the work tempo of academics is zealously advocated as a
  model for their high-wage employees.
The government points out that it has tried less drastic ways of reducing the
  tempo menace.
Waiting for her friends after school, she would bang on her legs and stamp her
  feat, marking the tempo with her voice.
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