nounpl. -·di or -·dos
- a sliding effect achieved by sounding a series of adjacent tones in rapid succession, as by running a finger over the white keys of a piano
- a passage having this effect
Origin of glissandoformed as if Italian present participle equivalent to French glissant, present participle of glisser, to slide: see glissade
(performed) with such an effect
nounpl. glis·san·di, or glis·san·dos Music
A rapid slide through a series of consecutive tones in a scalelike passage.
Origin of glissandoFrench glissade ; see glissade . -ando (as in accelerando )
(plural glissandi or glissandos or glissandoes)
- (music) A musical term that refers to either a continuous sliding one pitch to another ("true" glissando), or an incidental scale played while moving from one melodic note to another ("effective" glissando).