syncopation

If no one's dancing at the school dance, it might be time to ask the DJ to play some music with more syncopation, or a strong, distinct rhythm that makes you want to move.

Jazz is the musical genre best known for syncopation, using rhythm and beats in unexpected ways to make exciting, finger-snapping music. Syncopation has been around for a lot longer than that, though — it pops up in works by Bach and Mozart, for example.

Definitions of syncopation
  1. noun
    a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat
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    type of:
    beat, musical rhythm, rhythm
    the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
  2. noun
    music (especially dance music) that has a syncopated rhythm
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    type of:
    music
    an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
  3. noun
    (phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
    synonyms: syncope
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    type of:
    articulation
    the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
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