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ritardando

Definition:

gradually decreasing in tempo

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Usage:

Italian

Comparative:

more ritardando

Superlative:

most ritardando

Similar to:

diminishing

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

lentando [Italian] | rallentando [Italian] | ritenuto [Italian] | rall. [abbreviation] | rit. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Italian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardāre;...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Tempo

the speed or pace of a given piece. Tempo is a crucial element of most musical compositions, as it can affect the mood and difficulty of a piece. The tempo of a piece will typically be written at the start of a piece of music, and in modern Western... (49 of 4337 words, 4 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tempo

Collins Dictionary:

ritardando | ritard | rallentando [sense-specific]

another term for "rallentando" rit | Same as "ritardando" | Same as "ritardando" (11 of 192 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ritardando

Oxford Dictionary:

rallentando | rallentandos [plural] | rallentandi [plural] | ritardando [music] | ritardandos [music, plural] | ritardandi [music, plural] | rall. [music, abbreviation]

[music] : (especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of speed. | a gradual decrease in speed (17 of 64 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rallentando

ritardando | ritardandandos [plural] | ritardandandi [plural] | ritard

Syllabification: (ri·tar·dan·do) [music] | (especially as a direction) with a gradual decrease of tempo. | a gradual decrease in tempo. (18 of 48 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/ritardando

Merriam-Webster:

ritardando [entry 1, adverb, adjective] | rallentando [ritardando]

with a gradual slackening in tempo [used as a direction in music] (12 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ritardando

ritardando [entry 2, noun] | ritardandos [plural]

a ritardando passage (3 of 15 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ritardando show=1

New World Dictionary:

ritardando

[musical direction] becoming gradually slower: when used other than in a musical score, also in roman type | [music] a passage to be performed ... (23 of 37 words, 2 definitions)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ritardando

American Heritage Dictionary:

ritardando [music] | rit. [abbreviation]

Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction. (10 of 29 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ritardando

Wiktionary:

ritardando [music] | rit [abbreviation]

Gradually decelerating the tempo of a piece of music, especially at the end of the piece. (16 of 18 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ritardando

Random House Dictionary:

ritardando [music] | rit. [music, abbreviation]

becoming gradually slower. (3 of 11 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ritardando

Macmillan British Dictionary:

diminish | diminished [past tense] | diminishing [present participle] | diminishes [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive] to become less | [transitive] to make something become less | [transitive] to deliberately make someone or something seem less ... (19 of 90 words, 3 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/diminish

Encarta Dictionary:

ritardando [musical direction]

becoming gradually slower (3 of 38 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861705587​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

ritardando [music]

Origin: Italian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardāre; see "retard" [sense-specific].

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ritardando

Wiktionary:

ritardando [music] | rit [abbreviation]

Origin: Borrowed from Italian ritardando, gerund of ritardare ("to delay, to slow down").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ritardando

Collins Dictionary:

ritardando | ritard

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ritardando

New World Dictionary:

ritardando

Origin: Italian, gerund of ritardare, to delay: see "retard"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ritardando

Oxford Dictionary:

ritardando | ritardandandos [plural] | ritardandandi [plural] | ritard

Origin: Italian

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/ritardando

Merriam-Webster:

ritardando [entry 1, adverb, adjective]

First use: about 1811

Origin: Italian, from Latin retardandum, gerund of retardare to retard

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ritardando

Encarta Dictionary:

ritardando [musical direction]

First use: Early 19th century

Origin: Italian, present participle of ritardare "slow down" from Latin retardare

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861705587​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

ritardando | ritard

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ritardando"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ritardando

the Free Dictionary:

ritardando

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "ritardando"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "ritardando" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ritardando

Google Dictionary:

ritardando | ritardandos [plural] | ritardandi [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ritardando"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ritardando

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ritardando"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ritard​02 word=ritardando

YourDictionary Audio:

ritardando

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ritardando"

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