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- (music) The holding of a note or rest for longer than its usual duration; also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the prolonged note or rest.
holding a note beyond its usual duration or the notation representing it
- singular present passive participle of fermi
From fermare ‘to stop’.
fermata f (plural fermate)