from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music In a loud, then suddenly soft, manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, characterized by sudden but transient emphasis; loud, then immediately soft; sforzato. Abbreviated fp.
- n. The original name of the pianoforte (which see).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
Italian : forte, loud; see forte2 + piano, soft; see piano2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)