Definitions for rubatoruˈbɑ toʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ru•ba•to*ruˈbɑ toʊ(adj.; n.)(pl.)-tos, -ti

  1. (adj.)having certain notes arbitrarily lengthened while others are correspondingly shortened, or vice versa.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. (n.)a rubato phrase or passage.

    Category: Music and Dance

* (-tē). Music..

Origin of rubato:

1880–85; < It (tempo) rubato stolen (time), ptp. of rubare to steal < Gmc

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rubato(noun)

    a flexible tempo; not strictly on the beat


  1. rubato(Noun)

    A tempo in which strict timing is relaxed, the music being played near, but not on the beat

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rubato(adj)

    robbed; borrowed


  1. Tempo rubato

    Tempo rubato is a musical term referring to expressive and rhythmic freedom by a slight speeding up and then slowing down of the tempo of a piece at the discretion of the soloist or the conductor. Rubato is an expressive shaping of music that is a part of phrasing.


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