from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music Gradually slowing in tempo; retarding. Used chiefly as a direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Gradually decelerating the tempo of a piece of music, especially at the end of the piece.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Retarding; -- a direction for slower time; rallentado.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, becoming gradually slower; diminishing in speed: same as rallentando and (usually) ritenuto (but see the latter). Abbreviated rit. and ritard.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. gradually decreasing in tempo
Italian, present participle of ritardare, to slow down, from Latin retardāre; see retard1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Italian ritardando, gerund of ritardare ("to delay, to slow down"). (Wiktionary)