Glissando meaning

glĭ-sän'dō
A rapid slide through a series of consecutive tones in a scalelike passage.
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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.
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A passage having this effect.
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(performed) With such an effect.
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(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).
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Origin of glissando

  • French glissade glissade -ando (as in accelerando)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition