Definition of afterbeat in English:

afterbeat

noun

  • 1Medicine
    rare A beat of the heart or of the pulse following a main or normal beat; (in later use) specifically an extrasystole.

  • 2Music
    An ending to a trill comprising two notes, the first being one step lower than the main note, the second being the main note itself.

  • 3An offbeat; an accentuated backbeat.

Pronunciation

afterbeat

/ˈɑːftəbiːt/ /ˈaftəbiːt/

Origin

Mid 19th century. From after- + beat.