glissando

[gli-sahn-doh] Music.
adjective
1.
performed with a gliding effect by sliding one or more fingers rapidly over the keys of a piano or strings of a harp.
noun, plural glissandi [gli-sahn-dee] .
2.
a glissando passage.
3.
(in string playing) a slide.

Origin:
1870–75; < French gliss(er) to slide + Italian -ando gerund ending

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glissando (ɡlɪˈsændəʊ)
 
n , pl -di, -dos
1.  a rapidly executed series of notes on the harp or piano, each note of which is discretely audible
2.  a portamento, esp as executed on the violin, viola, etc
 
[C19: probably Italianized variant of glissade]

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The ridiculous one is the maudlin glissando on ukulele and steel guitar, the tear-duct of popular music.
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