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for·tis·si·mo

 (fôr-tĭs′ə-mō′) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. ff
In a very loud manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. for·tis·si·mos
A note, chord, or passage played fortissimo.

[Italian, superlative of forte, strong; see forte2.]
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fortissimo

(fɔːˈtɪsɪˌməʊ) music
adj, adv
(Music, other) very loud. Symbol: ff
n
(Music, other) a very loud passage in music
[C18: from Italian, from Latin fortissimus, from fortis strong]
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for•tis•si•mo

(fɔrˈtɪs əˌmoʊ)
Music. adj.
1. very loud.
adv.
2. very loudly.
[1715–25; < Italian; superlative of forte forte2]
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fortissimo

very loudly
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fortissimo - (music) loud
loudness, intensity, volume - the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction); "the kids played their music at full volume"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Adj.1.fortissimo - chiefly a direction or description in music
forte, loud - used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the forte passages in the composition"
Adv.1.fortissimo - a direction in music; to be played very loudly
pianissimo, very softly - a direction in music; to be played very softly
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Translations

fortissimo

(Mus)
advfortissimo
adj (= played very loudly)fortissimo gespielt; (= sung very loudly)fortissimo gesungen
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fortissimo

[fɔːˈtɪsɪˌməʊ] (Mus)
1. advfortissimo
2. adjfortissimo inv
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References in classic literature ?
But now, immediately before the third quatrain or chorus, sung fortissimo, with emphatic raps of the table, which gave the effect of cymbals and drum together, Alick's can was filled, and he was bound to empty it before the chorus ceased.
The concert had begun with Prokofiev's Love of Three Oranges suite, much of which Cristian Macelaru made sound like a circus act of raucous fortissimos, shrieking woodwind and frantic dashing about.
Wolfe pushed the Allegro along at a fair pace but never lost the intricate contrapuntal workings of the score, reaching some quite shattering fortissimos at times.
The Fiery Lake of Two Chapters from the Apocalypse shows that even after the gigantic fortissimos of Mahler and the frenzied fortissimos of Shostakovich, something new and just as effective can be conceived.
In the latter, she was a gale force, answering Tchaikovsky's arpeggios with quadruple pirouettes and the fortissimos with yard-high pas de chats.
I didn't like the way he cultivated or acquired the Olivier mannerisms - the sudden fortissimos, the instant access to the emotions, and all the characteristics of the shouting school of acting.
The sound, quite dynamic, is rather bright in the climaxes and fortissimos, somewhat muted at other times, and slightly thin overall.