(music) The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the prolonged note or rest.
Other Word Forms of Fermata
Origin of Fermata
Italian fromfeminine past participle offermareto stopfrom Latin firmāreto make firmfromfirmusfirmdher- in Indo-European roots
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