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Pronunciation: (doun'bēt"), [key]
n. Music.
1. the downward stroke of a conductor's arm or baton indicating the first or accented beat of a measure.
2. the first beat of a measure.

adj.
gloomy or depressing; pessimistic: Hollywood movies seldom have downbeat endings.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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