fermate


noun, plural fer·ma·tas, Italian fer·ma·te [fer-mah-te] /fɛrˈmɑ tɛ/. Music.

  1. the sustaining of a note, chord, or rest for a duration longer than the indicated time value, with the length of the extension at the performer’s discretion.
  2. a symbol placed over a note, chord, or rest indicating a fermata.

noun plural -tas or -te (-tɪ)

  1. music another word for pause (def. 5)
n.

1876, musical term, Italian, literally “stop, pause,” from fermare “to fasten, to stop,” from fermo “strong, fastened,” from Latin firmus (see firm (adj.)).

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