rubato definition by Webster's New World
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with some notes arbitrarily lengthened (or shortened) in performance and, often, others correspondingly changed in length; (in a manner) intentionally and temporarily deviating from a strict tempo: also used as a musical direction
Origin: Italian ; from (tempo) rubato, stolen (time)
- rubato modification or execution
- pl. rubatos a rubato passage, phrase, etc.
rubato definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Musicnoun pl. ru·ba·tos
Rhythmic flexibility within a phrase or measure; a relaxation of strict time.adjective
Containing or characterized by rubato.
Origin: Italian (tempo) rubato, stolen (time), rubato, past participle of rubare, to rob, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.