[fawr-tis-uh-moh; Italian fawr-tees-see-maw] /fɔrˈtɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian fɔrˈtis siˌmɔ/ Music.
(a direction) very loud.
(a direction) very loudly.
very loud ff
a very loud passage in music
1724, from Italian fortissimo, superlative of forte “loud, strong,” from Latin fortis “strong” (see fort).
A musical direction meaning “to be performed very loudly”; the opposite of pianissimo.
[swah-wi-ter in moh-doh, fohr-ti-ter in rey; English swav-i-ter in moh-doh, fawr-ti-ter in ree, fohr-, swah-vi-ter] /ˈswɑ wɪˌtɛr ɪn ˈmoʊ doʊ, ˈfoʊr tɪˌtɛr ɪn ˈreɪ; English ˈswæv ɪ tər ɪn ˈmoʊ doʊ, ˈfɔr tɪ tər ɪn ˈri, ˈfoʊr-, ˈswɑ vɪ tər/ Latin. 1. gently in manner, firmly in action.
[fawr-tish-uh n] /fɔrˈtɪʃ ən/ noun 1. Phonetics. a phonological process that strengthens consonant articulation at the beginnings of syllables, causing devoicing or the formation of stops. 2. Linguistics. a type of Celtic mutation that derives historically from phonological fortition.
[fawr-ti-tood, -tyood] /ˈfɔr tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ noun 1. mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously: Never once did her fortitude waver during that long illness. /ˈfɔːtɪˌtjuːd/ noun 1. strength and firmness of mind; resolute endurance n. early 15c., from Middle French fortitude, from Latin fortitudo “strength, force, firmness,” from fortis “strong, […]
[fawr-ti-tood-n-uh s, -tyood-] /ˌfɔr tɪˈtud n əs, -ˈtyud-/ adjective 1. having or showing fortitude; marked by bravery or courage. adj. from Latin fortitudinem (nominative fortitudo; see fortitude) + -ous. Related: Fortitudinously.