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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a very loud manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • n. A note, chord, or passage played fortissimo.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. comparative form of forte: more forte
  • adv. comparative form of forte: more forte
  • adv. The musical term indicating that the piece is played very loud.
  • n. The dynamic sign indicating that the piece should be played fortissimo. Abbreviation: ff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Very loud; with the utmost strength or loudness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, very loud: noting a passage that is intended to be so rendered. Abbreviated ff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. chiefly a direction or description in music
  • adv. a direction in music; to be played very loudly
  • n. (music) loud


Italian, superlative of forte, strong; see forte2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian fortissimo. (Wiktionary)



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