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Related to tenuto: fermata
adv. & adj. Music
So as to be held for the full time value; sustained. Used chiefly as a direction.
[Italian, from past participle of tenere, to hold, from Latin tenēre; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Classical Music) music (of a note) to be held for or beyond its full time value. Symbol: ¯ (written above a note)
[from Italian, literally: held, from tenere to hold, from Latin tenēre]
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te•nu•to(təˈnu toʊ, teɪ-)
adj., adv. Music.
(of a note, chord, or rest) held to the full time value.
[1890–95; < Italian (past participle of tenere to hold) < Vulgar Latin *tenūtus, for Latin tentus]
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with the full note value or slightly longer
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