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portamento

[pawr-tuh-men-toh, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-taw] /ˌpɔr təˈmɛn toʊ, ˌpoʊr-; Italian ˌpɔr tɑˈmɛn tɔ/
noun, plural portamenti
[pawr-tuh-men-tee, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-tee] /ˌpɔr təˈmɛn ti, ˌpoʊr-; Italian ˌpɔr tɑˈmɛn ti/ (Show IPA),
portamentos. Music.
1.
a passing or gliding from one pitch or tone to another with a smooth progression.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Italian: fingering, literally, a bearing, carrying. See port5, -ment
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portamento

/ˌpɔːtəˈmɛntəʊ/
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ)
1.
(music) a smooth slide from one note to another in which intervening notes are not separately discernible Compare glissando
Word Origin
C18: from Italian: a carrying, from Latin portāre to carry
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