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Mar 12, 1999
This week's theme
Pi words to mark Pi Day

This week's words
piacular
picante
pizzicato
piddle
pianissimo
pissoir
pilose

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pianissimo

(pee-uh-NIS-uh-moe) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

adverb, adjective: In a very soft or quiet tone.
noun: A part of a composition played very softly or quietly.

[Italian, superlative of piano, soft.]

"You could hear a pin drop in the usually chatty venue, as Sykes ended the grand spiritual on a majestic, yet barely audible sustained pianissimo."
Jubilant Sykes is a hit at Zanzibar: Classical Baritone Combines; The Philadelphia Tribune; Jun 12, 1998.

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