glissando

noun glis·san·do \ gli-ˈsän-(ˌ)dō \

Definition of glissando

plural glissandi play \gli-ˈsän-(ˌ)dē\ or glissandos
:a rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

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Origin and Etymology of glissando

probably modification of French glissade


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