Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb & adjective In a restless, agitated style. Used chiefly as a direction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Agitated; restless: a word used in music, generally in combination with allegro or presto, to describe the character of a movement as broken, hurried, or restless in style.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Mus.) Sung or played in a restless, hurried, and spasmodic manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played in a restless agitated style.
  • noun music A passage having this mark.
  • adverb music Played in a restless agitated style.
  • adjective music Describing a passage having this mark.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, past participle of agitare, from Latin agitāre, to agitate; see agitate.]

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Borrowing from Italian agitato.

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