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 (prĕ-stĭs′ə-mō′) Music
adv. & adj.
In as fast a tempo as possible. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. pres·tis·si·mos
A prestissimo passage or movement.

[Italian, superlative of presto, presto; see presto.]


(prɛˈstɪsɪˌməʊ) music
adj, adv
(Music, other) to be played as fast as possible
n, pl -mos
(Music, other) a piece or passage directed to be played in this way
[C18: from Italian: very quickly, from presto fast]


(prɛˈstɪs əˌmoʊ, -ˈsti sə-)

at the most rapid tempo (used as a musical direction).
[1715–25; < Italian: most quickly]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prestissimo - (of tempo) as fast as possible
fast - at a rapid tempo; "the band played a fast fox trot"
Adv.1.prestissimo - extremely fast; as fast as possible; "this passage should be played prestissimo"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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It was followed by a blood-hound-like bay from Sir Christopher, a maniacal prestissimo on the organ, and loud cries, for Jimmy.
The climax of it is a furious prestissimo, at which the couples seize hands and begin a mad whirling.
Di notte, oppure di mattina prestissimo e anche nel pomeriggio, l'aiuto regista e il cameraman accompagnavano il Maestro per il campus e per il centro di Middlebury per i sopralluoghi.
The rhythm considered as slow, busy and rushed by the researcher, can be represented respectively by the agogic categories of adagio, alegro, moderato e prestissimo.
On top of the piano she kept a metronome, a mahogany pyramid with a Bakelite front that protected the wand where you slid the weight from grave to prestissimo.
As ever, tonight's soloist gave a breath-taking performance, wooing her riveted audience with exquisite prestissimo filigrees, rich singing phrases offsetting and joining with lovely orchestral writing.
Superpose a ce tres lent tempo de 33 battements par minute, marque par les rayures des aiguilles sur les points de boude, s'ajoute le tempo prestissimo du projecteur avec son cliquetis incessant.
This was followed by a Prestissimo movement, unsettled and vehement in mood, while the finale contained a massive fugue illustrating Verdi's mastery of contrapuntal techniques.
On one memorable occasion, Lhevinne dropped to the floor, prancing wildly around the room on all fours to demonstrate a particular quality of prestissimo for his young student.
Lenine dans ses brochures, convaincant, robuste, est lourd et didactique a cote de lui--Trotsky seul a garde quelque chose de prestissimo emporte et inspire dans lejeu de massacre.
It features, he reveals, an opening on alto flute, and ends with what's being billed "a scintillating prestissimo coda".
Al final de su vida (1927-2009), hizo una dura critica al control sindical de la educacion (Finale prestissimo, Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2009); pero tambien una sintesis propositiva sobre la buena educacion, decantada de su larga experiencia (Una buena educacion: reflexiones sobre la calidad, Universidad de Colima, 2008):