sordino

sordino

[sawr-dee-noh; Italian sawr-dee-naw]
noun, plural sordini [sawr-dee-nee; Italian sawr-dee-nee] . Music.
mute ( def 10 ).

Origin:
1795–1805; < Italian: a mute, equivalent to sordo (< Latin surdus deaf) + -ino -ine1

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sordino (sɔːˈdiːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -ni
1.  a mute for a stringed or brass musical instrument
2.  any of the dampers that arrest the vibrations of piano strings
3.  con sordino, con sordini a musical direction to play with a mute
4.  senza sordino, senza sordini a musical direction to remove or play without the mute or (on the piano) with the sustaining pedal pressed down
 
[Italian: from sordo deaf, from Latin surdus]

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