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sostenuto

[sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw] /ˌsɒs təˈnu toʊ, ˌsoʊ stə-; Italian ˌsɔs tɛˈnu tɔ/ Music.
adjective
1.
sustained or prolonged in the time value of the tones.
noun, plural sostenutos Italian, sostenuti
[saws-te-noo-tee] /ˌsɔs tɛˈnu ti/ (Show IPA)
2.
a movement or passage played in this manner.
Origin of sostenuto
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, past participle of sostenere; see sustain
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sostenuto

/ˌsɒstəˈnuːtəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) (preceded by a tempo marking) to be performed in a smooth sustained manner
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustinēre to uphold
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