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1 Old Eng. term, now adopted in USA and reintroduced into Britain in 19th cent. by John Curwen, indicating time‐content of notational space between one bar‐line and the next, e.g. ‘2 beats in the bar’.

2 The bar‐line itself. Note that the Eng. ‘bar’ is the same as Amer. ‘measure’; Amer. ‘bar’ means Eng. ‘bar‐line’.

3 A stately Eng. dance of 15th and 16th cents. (‘trod a measure’ is a frequent phrase in Elizabethan drama).

Subjects: Music.


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