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adv. Music
Quickly; suddenly. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from Latin subitō, from neuter ablative sing. of subitus, sudden, from past participle of subīre, to come secretly; see sudden.]
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(Classical Music) music (preceding or following a dynamic marking, etc) suddenly; immediately. Abbreviation: sub
[C18: via Italian from Latin: suddenly, from subitus sudden, from subīre to approach, from sub- (indicating stealth) + īre to go]
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(ˈsu biˌtoʊ)

(as a musical direction) suddenly; abruptly: subito pianissimo.
[1715–25; < Italian < Latin subitō]
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References in classic literature ?
At length she returned with a lamp; and Archer, having meanwhile put together a phrase out of Dante and Petrarch, evoked the answer: "La signora e fuori; ma verra subito"; which he took to mean: "She's out--but you'll soon see."
Finally the Eat package is inclusive of a meal at the Italian Torno Subito by Massimo Bottura and Japanese-Korean restaurant, Akira Back .
In place of fast bites and street food, F&B options will include Massimo Bottura's Torno Subito and Akira Back's rooftop namesake restaurant, plus a brunch spread.
In addition, W Dubai - The Palm's culinary attractions include two Michelin-starred chefs - Massimo Bottura presents Torno Subito, his first restaurant outside Italy, while Akira Back's first restaurant in the Middle East brings unmistakable style and inspired Japanese flavours to this international hub.
Suspects Romulo Pedrosa, Rogelio Dela Cruz, Ace Villamor, Roberto Arizapa, Maricris Baytos, and Aljon Subito allegedly tried to evade arrest but were collared by authorities.
Several reader comments on the obituary drew attention to the irony manifest in the many calls for santo subito (instant sainthood) that filled St.
Em relacao a saude desses trabalhadores que desenvolvem trabalho em altura, a NR-35 propoe que sejam realizados exames medicos voltados "a patologias que poderao originar mal subito e queda de altura" (1).
And the alleged captor, who paid around PS300 to rent the property from Italian website Subito, insisted she was free to come and go.
The first volume of Scandinavian art and folk song from Subito Music, Midnight Song, is the first of an anticipated three volume series.