from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A close succession or overlapping of statements of the subject in a fugue, especially in the final section.
- n. Music A final section, as of an opera, performed with an acceleration in tempo to produce a climax. Also called stretta.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The presence of two close or overlapping statements of the subject of a fugue, especially towards the end.
- n. An acceleration in the tempo of an opera that produces an ending climax.
- adv. With gradually increasing speed.
- adj. Having gradually increasing speed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The crowding of answer upon subject near the end of a fugue.
- n. In an opera or oratorio, a coda, or winding up, in an accelerated time.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: In a fugue, that division in which the entrances of the answer are almost immediately after those of the subject, so that the two overlap, producing a rapidly cumulative effect.
- n. In dramatic music, a quickening of the tempo at the end of a movement for the sake of climax.
Italian, narrow, stretto, from Latin strictus, strict; see strict.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian stretto. (Wiktionary)