[fer-mah-tuh; Italian fer-mah-tah]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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- music another word for pause (def. 5)
from Italian, from fermare to stop, from Latin firmāre to establish; see firm 1
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Word Origin and History for fermate
1876, musical term, Italian, literally "stop, pause," from fermare "to fasten, to stop," from fermo "strong, fastened," from Latin firmus (see firm (adj.)).
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