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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    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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    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’)

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    the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech

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