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prestissimo

[pre-stis-uh-moh; Italian pre-stees-see-maw] /prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian prɛˈstis siˌmɔ/
adverb
1.
(a musical direction) in the most rapid tempo.
Origin of prestissimo
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian: most quickly, superlative of presto presto
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Examples from the Web for prestissimo
Historical Examples
  • Sebastiano quickened the time till he was playing it prestissimo.

    The Call of the Blood

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • All this leads to a prestissimo finale of startling splendour.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • Presto, prestissimo, vivacissimo, and prestissimo possibile—the most rapid tempo possible.

  • When one dies them, four or five times a week, he longs to hasten the course of events, to change the Andante to a prestissimo.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Here the baby was kissed crescendo, prestissimo, till he laughed more than ever.

    The Judgment of Eve

    May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for prestissimo

prestissimo

/prɛˈstɪsɪˌməʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
to be played as fast as possible
noun (pl) -mos
2.
a piece or passage directed to be played in this way
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: very quickly, from presto fast
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