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Musical measure in sheet music.

An empty measure containing a whole rest.

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Definition: A measure is the section of a staff that comes between two barlines (or bar lines). Each measure satisfies the specified time signature: a song written in 4/4 time will hold four quarter note beats per measure.

Also Known As:
  • bar (U.K.)
  • misura (It)
  • mesure (Fr)
  • Takt (Ger)

Pronunciation: meh'-zhur

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