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adv. & adj. Music
Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction.
[Italian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardāre; see retard1.]
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(Classical Music) another term for rallentandoAbbreviation: rit
[C19: from Italian, from ritardare to slow down]
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ri•tar•dan•do(ˌri tɑrˈdɑn doʊ)
Music. becoming gradually slower.
[1805–15; < Italian, ger. of ritardare; see retard]
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