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adv. & adj. Abbr. mf Music
Moderately loud. Used chiefly as a direction.
[Italian : mezzo, half + forte, loud.]
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mez′zo for′te(ˈfɔr teɪ)
Music. softer than forte but louder than piano; moderately loud.
[1805–15; < Italian: literally, half loud]
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