downbeat definition

  • noun:
    • Music The downward stroke produced by a conductor to indicate 1st beat of a measure.
    • Music the initial beat of a measure.
    • Informal A period of stagnation or inactivity.
    • The accented beat at the beginning of a bar (suggested by a conductor with a downward stroke)
    • 1st beat of a musical measure (whilst the conductor's arm moves downward).
    • the very first beat of a musical measure (since the conductor's supply moves downward)
  • adjective:
    • Cheerless; cynical.
    • sad or pessimistic

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