Meaning of rubato

ru•ba•to

Pronunciation: (r-bä'tōIt.r-bä'tô), [key]
— adj., n., pl. adv. -tos, -ti
—adj.
  1. having certain notes arbitrarily lengthened while others are correspondingly shortened, or vice versa.
—n.
  1. a rubato phrase or passage.
  2. a rubato performance.
—adv.
  1. in a rubato manner.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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