Ritardando (or ritard. or rit.) – Gradually getting slower
The roadworkers re-tarred and do (ritardando) repairs on the road but got gradually slower as they become tired.
Examples of ritardando in a sentence
The music contains classical music devices that are unusual for a rock song, such as ritardando.
At times he would hold the tempo back in his crescendo with ritardando , which made a very beautiful and highly striking effect.
The musician knows when to hold back and impose ritardando.