American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The art or an example of painting on dry plaster.
- adj. Music Of or being a kind of recitative in which the words are sung rapidly to minimal accompaniment, usually just continuo.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the fine arts, same as tempera painting (which see, under tempera). Also called fresco secco.
- In music, unaccompanied; plain. See recitative.
- adj. art dry
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Dry.
- Italian (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin siccus, dry. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Concurrently with these experiments, Levi-Montalcini made “a secco” engravings on white paper, whose reliefs produced variations of light.”
“Wert also contributed to Il Lauro secco (1582) and Il Lauro verde (1583), collections of madrigals, mostly by Ferrarese composers, assembled in honour of Laura Peverara, another member of the ensemble.”
“Forse quando due Zune cercano di scambiarsi dati, uno dei due ci resta secco?”
“Now, however, through the application of instrumental analytical investigations, it is possible to demonstrate that a mixed technique involving both alfresco and al secco was employed.”
“Recitative comes in two main forms, semplice or secco, which comprises most of the dialogue, and accompagnato or obbligato, which is reserved for passages requiring particular dramatic emphasis, though fully spoken parts (parlante), were not uncommon, particularly in Mozart.”
“Sometimes, it seems, fictional exchange gains were booked on what really were simply loans, a phenomenon criticized by some casuists as “dry exchange” or cambio secco.”
“Further problems can be caused by damp, and still others by the intrinsically more fragile techniques of painting a secco, on top of dry plaster.”
“In reply to your correspondent, I believe sack to be nothing but _vino secco_, dry wine, probably identical with sherry or madeira.”
“His favourite method in wall-painting was to lay in his compositions in fresco and finish them _a secco_ with a mixture of yolk of egg and liquid varnish.”
“Mozart, etc., the unaccompanied recitative (_recitativo secco_) is not barred.”
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