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rub-a-dub
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rubac
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Rubai
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rubato definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a flexible tempo; not strictly on the beat

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -tos) Etymology: Italian, literally, robbed Date: circa 1883 a fluctuation of tempo within a musical phrase often against a rhythmically steady accompaniment

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. Mus. --n. (pl. -os or rubati) the temporary disregarding of strict tempo. --adj. performed with a flexible tempo. Etymology: It., = robbed

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rubato Ru*ba"to, a. [It.] Robbed; borrowed. Temple rubato. [It.] (Mus.) Borrowed time; -- a term applied to a style of performance in which some tones are held longer than their legitimate time, while others are proportionally curtailed.



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