glissando

Definitions of glissando
  1. noun
    a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
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    types:
    slide, swoop
    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
    type of:
    air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune
    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  2. adverb
    (musical direction) in the manner of a glissando (with a rapidly executed series of notes)
    “this should be played glissando, please”
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