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portamento

[ pawr-tuh-men-toh, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-taw ]
/ 藢p蓴r t蓹藞m蓻n to蕣, 藢po蕣r-; Italian 藢p蓴r t蓱藞m蓻n t蓴 /
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noun, plural por路ta路men路ti [pawr-tuh-men-tee, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-tee], /藢p蓴r t蓹藞m蓻n ti, 藢po蕣r-; Italian 藢p蓴r t蓱藞m蓻n ti/, por路ta路men路tos.Music.
a passing or gliding from one pitch or tone to another with a smooth progression.

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Origin of portamento

1765鈥75; <Italian: fingering, literally, a bearing, carrying. See port5, -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for portamento

portamento
/ (藢p蓴藧t蓹藞m蓻nt蓹蕣) /

noun plural -ti (-t瑟)
music a smooth slide from one note to another in which intervening notes are not separately discernibleCompare glissando

Word Origin for portamento

C18: from Italian: a carrying, from Latin port膩re to carry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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