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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Gradually decreasing in tempo.

Usage examples (9)
  • He followed this rhetorical question with the same two notes, ritardando, played four quaver chords, then a bar which disrupted one's expectations by the introduction of...
  • The last three or four syllables of the Epistle are chanted more slowly, ritardando at the end.
  • The guitar builds up with ascending chords over a ritardando, the drums go out of time, and Dio just wails on the vocals.
  • During our two rehearsal sessions, we spent quite a bit of time on the drastic tempo changes, from the I Tempo, to allargando, to ritardando to molto ritardando;... for more
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