sfor·zan·do (sfôrt-sändō) also for·zan·do (fôrt-sändō) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. sfz or sf
Suddenly or strongly accented. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. sfor·zan·dos or sfor·zan·di (-dē)
A sforzando tone or chord.
[Italian, gerund of sforzare, to use force : s-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see EX-) + forzare, to force (from Vulgar Latin *fortiāre, from Latin fortis, strong; see FORTIS).]
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