from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A rapid slide through a series of consecutive tones in a scalelike passage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A musical term that refers to either a continuous sliding one pitch to another (or "true" glissando), or an incidental scale played while moving from one melodic note to another (or "effective" glissando).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A gliding effect; gliding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pianoforte-playing, an effect produced by running the tips of the fingers rapidly along the keys, without striking them with the fingers separately.
- n. In violin-playing, a rapid slur. Also glissato, glissicando, and glissicato.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. (musical direction) in the manner of a glissando (with a rapidly executed series of notes)
- n. a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
French glissade; see glissade + -ando (as in accelerando).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)