Meaning of fermata

fer•ma•ta

Pronunciation: (fer-mä'tuIt.fer-mä'tä), [key]
— pl. -tas, -te
  1. the sustaining of a note, chord, or rest for a duration longer than the indicated time value, with the length of the extension at the performer's discretion.
  2. a symbol &fermata; placed over a note, chord, or rest indicating a fermata.
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