American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Something in which a person excels.
- n. The strong part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hilt.
- adv. In a loud, forceful manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A note, passage, or chord played forte.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The strong part of a sword-blade or rapier, as opposed to the foible. Also spelled fort.
- n. That in which one excels; a peculiar talent or faculty; a strong point or side; chief excellence.
- In music, loud; with force: opposed to piano: used also as if an adverb. Abbreviated feminine
- n. In music, a passage that is loud and forcible or is intended to be so.
- n. In harmonium-making, a slide or cover in the chest containing one or more sets of reeds, so arranged as to be opened by a stop-knob or a knee-lever and thus to produce a forte effect. Frequently separate fortes are introduced for the treble and the bass ends of the keyboard.
- n. A strength or talent.
- n. The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt.
- n. A passage in music to be played loudly; a loud section of music.
- adv. music loudly
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The strong point; that in which one excels.
- n. The stronger part of the blade of a sword; the part of half nearest the hilt; -- opposed to
- adv. (Mus.) Loudly; strongly; powerfully.
- adj. used chiefly as a direction or description in music
- n. the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible
- adv. used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly
- n. (music) loud
- n. an asset of special worth or utility
- From French fort ("strong"), from Latin fortis ("strong"). (Wiktionary)
- French fort, from Old French, strong, from Latin fortis; see fort.Italian, strong, forte, from Latin fortis; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_e. g._, _crescendo poco a poco al forte ed un pochettino accelerando_, is seen to mean merely -- "increase gradually to _forte_ and accelerate a very little bit.”
“They think he's not skilled from a sewing standpoint, but his forte is the draping," Garcia explains.”
“For all his power, his forte is the short game — chipping and putting.”
“As for the English word forte ` strength, 'it is not the feminine form of the French adjective fort ` strong' but an English "feminization" of the French noun fort”
“As it turned out, I filter the stories, while Tomislav's forte is theory and essays.”
“My real forte is for Super Smash Brothers, which scarcely qualifies as a fighter as all.”
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“LaMontagne's forte is a strain of wracked, fragile country-blues soaked in exquisite melancholy.”
“Henry's forte is the edgy, bawdy, irreverent, and (he hopes) funny acoustic ballad, and unwittingly performing such material one day in a pizza joint before an audience of "Miniature Golfers for God" brings him to recalculate the dividends his career has brought him.”
“Predictable situations - Sloane's crusade endangers his wife and stepson - are a reminder that the author's forte is page-turning action, not imaginative plotting.”
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