from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In the tempo originally designated; resuming the initial tempo of a section or movement after a specified deviation from it. Used chiefly as a direction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a direction, after any change of movement, as by acceleration or retardation, that the original time be restored.
- Various qualifying terms are often added: as, a tempo commotio or ordinario, at any conveuient or ordinary pace: a tempo rubato (see rubato).
Italian : a, in + tempo, time.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)