from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The vocal range of a singer.
- n. how a musical instrument sounds in different parts of its range
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, of a melody or a voice-part, that part of its total compass in which the greater number of its tones lie.
Italian, from Latin textūra, web, structure; see texture.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian tessitura. (Wiktionary)