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1 downbeat /ˈdaʊnˌbiːt/ noun
plural downbeats
1 downbeat
/ˈdaʊnˌbiːt/
noun
plural downbeats
Learner's definition of DOWNBEAT
[count] music
: the downward movement that a conductor makes to show which note is played with the greatest stress or force
: the first beat of a measure of music
2 downbeat /ˈdaʊnˌbiːt/ adjective
2 downbeat
/ˈdaʊnˌbiːt/
adjective
Learner's definition of DOWNBEAT
[more downbeat; most downbeat]
: sad or depressing : not happy or hopeful
opposite upbeat
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