From Italian portamento, from portare (“bear, carry”).
portamento (plural portamentos or portamenti)
- (music) A smooth, gliding transition from one note to another; used especially with stringed instruments, and sometimes on brass.
- 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 945:
- The music was feral, Eastern in scale, flattened seconds and sixths, and a kind of fretless portamento between
sliding tone used in music
- Mandarin: 滑音 (zh) (huáyīn)