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Dictionary Definition

duple adj : consisting of or involving two parts or components usually in pairs; "an egg with a double yolk"; "a double (binary) star"; "double doors"; "dual controls for pilot and copilot"; "duple (or double) time consists of two (or a multiple of two) beats to a measure" [syn: double, dual]

User Contributed Dictionary



From duplus (twofold, double). Attested since the 16th century.



  1. Double.
  2. In the context of "of time|or|music": Having two beats, or a multiple of two beats, in each measure.
  3. In the context of "poetry": Having two beats in each foot.



  1. Feminine plural form of duplo

Extensive Definition

This article is about music theory. For the British coachbuilder Duple see Duple Coachbuilders Limited
In music, duple refers to duple meter. Duple is also a duration of 1½ the regular note value duration in compound and or triple meter. An irrational rhythm, it may also be used as a polyrhythm when played against the regular duration.
In relation to duple time triple meter rhythms would be triplets.

See also

duple in Swedish: Tvåtakt
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