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ot•ta•vaoʊˈtɑ və(adv.)

  1. (of notes in a musical score) at an octave higher or lower than written. Abbr.: 8va

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of ottava:

1810–20; < It: octave


  1. ottava(Adverb)

    One octave higher. Marking indicates a passage to be transposed up one octave. Abbreviation: 8va.

  2. Origin: Borrowed from Italian ottava, meaning "octave", the feminine ordinal form of otto, meaning "eight".

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in music, a series or range of eight notes.

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