[ fer-mah-tuh; Italian fer-mah-tah ]
/ fɛrˈmɑ tə; Italian fɛrˈmɑ tɑ /
noun, plural fer·ma·tas, Italian fer·ma·te [fer-mah-te] /fɛrˈmɑ tɛ/. Music.
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.
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Example sentences from the Web for fermate
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
The two motives having been twice repeated, there is a fermate.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
British Dictionary definitions for fermate
/ (fəˈmɑːtə) /
noun plural -tas or -te (-tɪ)
music another word for pause (def. 5)
Word Origin for fermata
from Italian, from fermare to stop, from Latin firmāre to establish; see firm 1
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