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

  • adv. Music In an animated or lively manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, lively; with animation; usually, somewhat quick and with spirit.

Etymologies

Italian, past participle of animare, to animate, from Latin animāre; see animate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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