from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Gradually slackening in tempo; ritardando. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A rallentando passage or movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. slackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Slackening; -- a direction to perform a passage with a gradual decrease in time and force; ritardando.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, becoming slower; with decreasing rapidity. Also rallentato. Abbreviated rall. Compare ritardando and ritenuto.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. slowing down
- adj. gradually decreasing in tempo
Italian, present participle of rallentare, to slow down : re-, intensive pref. (from Latin; see re-) + allentare, to slow down (from Late Latin allentāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin lentus, slow).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)