noun (also known as a pick-up)
- (prosody) an unstressed syllable at the start of a verse
- (music) an unstressed note or notes before the first strong beat (or downbeat) of a phrase
Etymology: Modern Latin, from Greek , from , from "to strike".
- 1989: Then Etheridge poised his baton, jerked an upbeat, and made the violinists speak the low G and A of their . (Burgess, Any Old Iron)
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