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Chiefly as a musical direction: in a hurried or headlong manner.
A passage (to be) played in this manner.
(To be) played in a hurried or headlong manner.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From Italian precipitato, specifically use of the past participle of precipitare.
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