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glissando

[gli-sahn-doh] /glɪˈsɑn doʊ/
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] /glɪˈsɑn di/ (Show IPA)
2.
a glissando passage.
3.
(in string playing) a slide.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < French gliss(er) to slide + Italian -ando gerund ending
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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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British Dictionary definitions for glissando

glissando

/ɡlɪˈsændəʊ/
noun (pl) -di (-diː), -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
Word Origin
C19: probably Italianized variant of glissade
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Word Origin and History for glissando
n.

1873, Italianized form of French glissant, present participle of glisser (see glissade).

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