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Definitions for portamento
ˌpɔr təˈmɛn toʊ, ˌpoʊr-; -tipor·ta·men·to

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  1. portamentonoun

    A smooth, gliding transition from one note to another; used especially with stringed instruments, and sometimes on brass.

  2. Etymology: From portamento, from portare.

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  1. Portamento

    In music, portamento (plural: portamenti, from old Italian: portamento, meaning "carriage" or "carrying") is a pitch sliding from one note to another. The term originated from the Italian expression "portamento della voce" ("carriage of the voice"), denoting from the beginning of the 17th century its use in vocal performances and emulation by members of the violin family and certain wind instruments, and is sometimes used interchangeably with anticipation. It is also applied to one type of glissando on, e.g., slide trombones, as well as to the "glide" function of steel guitars and synthesizers; in the latter it is often used to add a melancholic effect to the overall melody.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portamentonoun

    in singing, or in the use of the bow, a gradual carrying or lifting of the voice or sound very smoothly from one note to another; a gliding from tone to tone

  2. Etymology: [It., fr. portare to carry.]

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  1. Portamento

    Portamento is a musical term that describes pitch sliding from one note to another. The term originated from the Italian expression "portamento della voce", denoting from the beginning of the 17th century its use in vocal performances and its emulation by members of the violin family and certain wind instruments, and is sometimes used interchangeably with anticipation. It is also applied to one type of glissando as well as to the "glide" function of synthesizers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portamento in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portamento in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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