from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Suddenly or strongly accented. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A sforzando tone or chord.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played with a strong initial attack
- n. A passage having this mark
- adv. played in this style
- adj. describing a passage having this mark
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Forcing or forced; -- a direction placed over a note, to signify that it must be executed with peculiar emphasis and force; -- marked fz (an abbreviation of forzando), sf, sfz, or �.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, forced or pressed; with sudden, decided energy or emphasis: especially applied to a single tone or chord which is to be made particularly prominent. Abbreviated sf. and sfz., or marked ⟩, ∧.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an accented chord
- n. (music) a notation written above a note and indicating that it is to be played with a strong initial attack
Italian, gerund of sforzare, to use force : s-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + forzare, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortiāre, from Latin fortis, strong; see fortis).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)