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portamento

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noun por·ta·men·to \ˌpȯr-tə-ˈmen-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of portamento

plural portamentiplay \-(ˌ)tē\

  1. :  a continuous gliding movement from one tone to another (as by the voice)



Origin of portamento

Italian, literally, act of carrying, from portare to carry, from Latin


First Known Use: 1771


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