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rallentando

[ rah-luhn-tahn-doh; Italian rahl-len-tahn-daw ]
/ ˌrɑ lənˈtɑn doʊ; Italian ˌrɑl lɛnˈtɑn dɔ /
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adjective
slackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction).

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Origin of rallentando

1805–15; <Italian, gerund of rallentare to slow down; see lento
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British Dictionary definitions for rallentando

rallentando
/ (ˌrælɛnˈtændəʊ) /

adjective, adverb
music becoming slowerAbbreviation: rall Also: ritardando, ritenuto

Word Origin for rallentando

C19: Italian, from rallentare to slow down
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