- 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.
- a symbol placed over a note, chord, or rest indicating a fermata.
Origin of fermata
Examples from the Web for fermate
Historical Examples of fermate
The two motives having been twice repeated, there is a fermate.The Complete Opera Book
I dusted them with Fermate, hope it doesn't affect germination.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
- music another word for pause (def. 5)
Word Origin 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.)).