Used chiefly as a direction or description in music; SYN. loud.
ETYM Italian forte, from Latin fortis strong.
Or f; in musical notation, a direction to play loudly.
Used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly; SYN. loudly.
ETYM Italian forte: cf. French fort. Related to Fort.
1. (Music) With great loudness; SYN. fortissimo.
2. An asset of special worth or utility; SYN. long suit, metier, specialty, speciality, strong point, strength.
3. The stronger half of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible.
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