from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a moderately slow tempo, usually considered to be slower than allegretto but faster than adagio. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. An andante passage or movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a moderately slow tempo; faster than adagio but slower than allegretto.
- n. A passage having this mark.
- adv. Played at a moderately slow tempo.
- adj. Describing a passage having this mark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Moving moderately slow, but distinct and flowing; quicker than larghetto, and slower than allegretto.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, moving with a moderate, even, graceful progression.
- n. A movement or piece composed in andante time: as, the andante in Beethoven's fifth symphony.
- Special varieties of movement or style are indicated by adding other terms, as: andante con moto, in flowing style, with some quickness; andante ma non troppo, in flowing style, but not too slow; andante cantabile, with the movement of a song; andante maestoso, with a stately movement; andante pastorale, in the easy style of a pastoral melody.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a musical composition or musical passage to be performed moderately slow
- n. a moderately slow tempo (a walking pace)
- adv. at a moderately slow tempo
- adj. (of tempo) moderately slow
Italian, from present participle of andare, to walk, ultimately perhaps from Latin ambulāre; see ambhi in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)