[pawr-tuh-men-toh, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-taw]
noun, plural portamenti [pawr-tuh-men-tee, pohr-; Italian pawr-tah-men-tee] , portamentos. Music.
a passing or gliding from one pitch or tone to another with a smooth progression.

1765–75; < Italian: fingering, literally, a bearing, carrying. See port5, -ment

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portamento (ˌpɔːtəˈmɛntəʊ)
n , pl -ti
music Compare glissando a smooth slide from one note to another in which intervening notes are not separately discernible
[C18: from Italian: a carrying, from Latin portāre to carry]

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