from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rhythmic flexibility within a phrase or measure; a relaxation of strict time.
- adj. Containing or characterized by rubato.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo in which strict timing is relaxed, the music being played near, but not on the beat
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Robbed; borrowed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, in modified or distorted rhythm: especially used of the arbitrary lengthening of certain notes in a measure and the corresponding shortening of others, for the purpose of bringing some tone or chord into decided prominence without altering the total duration of the measure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flexible tempo; not strictly on the beat
Italian (tempo) rubato, stolen (time), rubato, past participle of rubare, to rob, of Germanic origin; see reup- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)