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sostenuto

[sos-tuh-noo-toh, soh-stuh-; Italian saws-te-noo-taw]Music.
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adjective
  1. sustained or prolonged in the time value of the tones.
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noun, plural sos·te·nu·tos, Italian sos·te·nu·ti [saws-te-noo-tee] /ˌsɔs tɛˈnu ti/.
  1. a movement or passage played in this manner.
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Origin of sostenuto

1715–25; < Italian, past participle of sostenere; see sustain
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sostenuto

adjective, adverb
  1. music (preceded by a tempo marking) to be performed in a smooth sustained manner
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from sostenere to sustain, from Latin sustinēre to uphold
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