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rallentando

[rah-luh n-tahn-doh; Italian rahl-len-tahn-daw] /ˌrɑ lənˈtɑn doʊ; Italian ˌrɑl lɛnˈtɑn dɔ/
adjective
1.
slackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction).
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Italian, gerund of rallentare to slow down; see lento
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British Dictionary definitions for rallentando

rallentando

/ˌrælɛnˈtændəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) becoming slower rall Also ritardando, ritenuto
Word Origin
C19: Italian, from rallentare to slow down
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