noun, plural fer·ma·tas, Italian fer·ma·te [fer-mah-te] /fɛrˈmɑ tɛ/. Music.
Examples from the Web for fermata
He bounced around between bands for a while before joining a band named Fermata as a bassist.‘Free Willy’ Turns 20: Catching Up With Star Jason James Richter|Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the case of a hold (fermata), the movement for the cut-off depends upon the nature of what follows.Essentials in Conducting|Karl Wilson Gehrkens
Dr. Deiters thought that Ries confounded the last with the first movement, in which the clarinet enters after a fermata.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
A fermata in the middle of a movement does not constitute a break, neither need it at the end.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
British Dictionary definitions for fermata
noun plural -tas or -te (-tɪ)
Word Origin for fermata
Word Origin and History for fermata
1876, musical term, Italian, literally "stop, pause," from fermare "to fasten, to stop," from fermo "strong, fastened," from Latin firmus (see firm (adj.)).