Meaning of ottava

ot•ta•va

Pronunciation: (ō-tä'vuIt.ôt-tä'vä), [key]
— adv. Music.
  1. (of notes in a score) at an octave higher than written (when placed above the staff&hasp;) or lower than written (when placed below the staff&hasp;). Abbr.: 8va
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