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Definition music:  a composition played in a leisurely or slow tempo
  • "Adagio for Strings," he said.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • This is the adagio, the first movement.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • In reaction he put his arms about her but she relaxed wearily backward; he held her like that for a moment as in the end of an adagio, her eyes closed, her hair falling straight back like that of a girl drowned.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • By moonlight in the garden she recited all the passionate rhymes she knew by heart, and, sighing, sang to him many melancholy adagios; but she found herself as calm after as before, and Charles seemed no more amorous and no more moved.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Finally the room was left—after these last twenty minutes of delirious activity—in what might be termed provisional silence, amid the depths of which I could hear only the soft heartsick adagio scratching on the phonograph, and the woman's broken sobs on the bed above me.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • He just started Duffy doing a dance along the edge, a kind of delicate, feather-toed, bemused, slow-motion adagio accompanied by arms pinwheeling around a face which was like a surprised custard pie with a hole scooped in the middle of the meringue, and the hole was Duffy's mouth, but no sound came out of it.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • The lovely adagio from the Fourth Symphony floated down, merging like the serene, steadfast throb of a human pulse with my exalted mood.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice

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