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adv. & adj.
In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style. Used chiefly as a direction.
A cantabile passage or movement.
[Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, worthy to be sung, from Latin cantāre, to sing; see kan- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Classical Music) (to be performed) in a singing style, i.e. flowingly and melodiously
(Classical Music) a piece or passage performed in this way
[Italian, from Late Latin cantābilis, from Latin cantāre to sing]
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can•ta•bi•le(kɑnˈtɑ bɪˌleɪ, -bi-)
1. songlike and flowing in style.adv.
2. in a cantabile manner.
[1720–30; < Italian < Late Latin cantābilis worth singing = Latin cantā(re) to sing (see chant) + -bilis -ble]
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|Adj.||1.||cantabile - smooth and flowing|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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