from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In a slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than andante but faster than larghetto. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. Music A slow passage, movement, or work, especially one using adagio as the direction.
- n. A section of a pas de deux in which the ballerina and her partner perform steps requiring lyricism and great skill in lifting, balancing, and turning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played rather slowly, leisurely and gracefully.
- n. A passage having this mark.
- n. A male-female duet or mixed trio ballet displaying demanding balance, spins and/or lifts.
- adv. Played rather slowly.
- adj. Describing a passage having this mark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Slow; slowly, leisurely, and gracefully. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the movement to be very slow.
- n. A piece of music in adagio time; a slow movement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music:
- Slow; slowly, leisurely, and with grace. When repeated, adagio, adagio, it directs the performance to be very slow.
- Slow: as, an adagio movement.
- n. A slow movement; also, a piece of music or part of a composition characterized by slow movement.
- Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: adagio assai or molto, very slow; adagio non troppo, slow, but not too much so; adagio cantabile or sostenuto, slow, with a flowing or sustained movement; adagio patetico, slow and with pathos; adagio pesante, slow, with heavy accents; adagio religioso, slow and in the church style; etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. slowly
- adj. (of tempo) leisurely
- n. (music) a composition played in adagio tempo (slowly and gracefully)
- n. a slow section of a pas de deux requiring great skill and strength by the dancers
Italian : ad-, at (from Latin; see ad-) + agio, ease (from Old Provençal aize; akin to Old French aise; see ease).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian adagio. (Wiktionary)