pianissimo

[pee-uh-nis-uh-moh; Italian pyah-nees-see-maw] Music.
adjective
1.
very soft.
adverb
2.
very softly.
noun, plural pianissimos.
3.
a passage or movement played in this way.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian, superlative of piano piano2

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pianissimo (pɪəˈnɪsɪˌməʊ)
 
adj, —adv
music pp (to be performed) very quietly
 
[C18: from Italian, superlative of piano soft]

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pianissimo [(pee-uh-nis-uh-moh)]

A musical direction meaning “to be performed very softly”; the opposite of fortissimo.

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Example sentences
She was even more impressive when she caressed soulful pianissimo phrases.
All night the wind played its wild fugue, dropping to pianissimo lulls, then rising to frenetic crescendos.
For the first time in the history of recorded sound, it was possible to hear the entire span from pianissimo to triple forte.
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