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