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stretto

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Italian stretto.

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NounEdit

stretto (plural strettos)

  1. (music) The presence of two close or overlapping statements of the subject of a fugue, especially towards the end.
  2. (music) An acceleration in the tempo of an opera that produces an ending climax.

AdverbEdit

stretto (not comparable)

  1. (music) With gradually increasing speed.

AdjectiveEdit

stretto (not comparable)

  1. (music) Having gradually increasing speed.
    • 1960, Thomas Pynchon, Entropy:
      So that over and above the public components – holidays, tourist attractions – there are private meanderings, linked to the climate as if this spell were a stretto passage in the year’s fugue: haphazard weather, aimless loves, unpredicted commitments…

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin strictus, perfective passive participle of stringere.

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AdjectiveEdit

stretto m (feminine stretta, masculine plural stretti, feminine plural strette)

  1. narrow
  2. tight
  3. strict
  4. (linguistics) close

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NounEdit

stretto m (plural stretti)

  1. strait

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VerbEdit

stretto m (f stretta, m pl stretti, m f strette)

  1. past participle of stringere