from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music So as to be held for the full time value; sustained. Used chiefly as a direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a note or passage is to be held for the full time
- n. A passage having this mark
- adv. In a sustained manner
- adj. describing a passage having this mark
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, held; sustained; given full value: used of tones or chords occurring in contrast to staccato tones or chords. It is nearly the same in effect as legato. Abbreviated ten.
Italian, from past participle of tenere, to hold, from Latin tenēre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)