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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mezzo forte/piano etc
▪ Boxing and rugby are his forte.
▪ But goat glands were by no means his only forte.
▪ Fine lines and shading are not our cultural forte.
▪ Her forte is recreating historical scenes, characters and lives.
▪ His forte had been the media sound bite.
▪ I had never been good with pistols, rifles being my forte.
▪ Massages are a forte of the Waves staff.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Forte \Forte\ (f[=o]rt), n. [IT. forte: cf. F. fort. See Fort.]

  1. The strong point; that in which one excels.

    The construction of a fable seems by no means the forte of our modern poetical writers.

  2. The stronger part of the blade of a sword; the part of half nearest the hilt; -- opposed to foible.


Forte \For"te\ (f[^o]r"t[asl] or f[=o]r"t[asl]), adv. [It. forte, a. & adv., fr. L. fortis strong.] (Mus.) Loudly; strongly; powerfully.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, fort, from French fort "strong point (of a sword blade)," from Middle French fort "fort, fortress" (see fort). Meaning "strong point of a person, that in which one excels," is from 1680s. Final -e- added 18c. in imitation of Italian forte "strong."


music instruction, "loud, loudly," from Italian forte, literally "strong," from Latin fortis "strong" (see fort). Opposed to piano.


Etymology 1 n. 1 A strength or talent. 2 The strong part of a sword blade, close to the hilt. Etymology 2

a. (context music English) loud. Used as a dynamic directive in sheet music in its abbreviated form, "f.", to indicate raising the volume of the music. (Abbreviated in musical notation with an f, the Unicode character 1D191.) adv. (context music English) loudly. n. A passage in music to be played loudly; a loud section of music.


adj. used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the forte passages in the composition" [syn: loud] [ant: piano]

  1. n. an asset of special worth or utility; "cooking is his forte" [syn: strong suit, long suit, metier, specialty, speciality, strong point, strength] [ant: weak point]

  2. (music) with great loudness [syn: fortissimo]

  3. the stronger part of a sword blade between the hilt and the foible


adv. used as a direction in music; to be played relatively loudly [syn: loudly] [ant: piano]


The Fast On-orbit Rapid Recording of Transient Events (FORTE, occasionally stylized as FORTÉ) is a lightweight satellite which was launched at about 8:30 AM on August 29, 1997 into a circular low Earth orbit which is inclined 70 degrees relative to the Earth's equator, using a Pegasus XL rocket. It was developed and launched by the Sandia National Laboratory in cooperation with Los Alamos National Laboratory, as a testbed for technologies applicable to U.S. nuclear detonation detection systems used to monitor compliance with arms control treaties, and later to study lightning from space. The project was sponsored by the United States Department of Energy, and cost about US$35 million. It utilizes optical sensors, RF sensors, and an "event classifier" in order to make observations, including monitoring Very High Frequency (VHF) lightning emissions in the ionosphere occurring from between above the surface of the Earth, and it will be a component of the VHF Global Lightning and Severe Storm Monitor (V-GLASS) system. Its primary mission is to record and analyze bursts of RF energy rising from the surface of the Earth. FORTE is tall, weighs , and is the first all-composite spacecraft, its framework being made entirely of graphite-reinforced epoxy. It consists of three decks with aluminum honeycomb cores, and composite facing to support the onboard instruments.

Forte (fencing)

In fencing, forte (from the Romance root meaning "strong") is "the strong part" of the blade – the one third closest to the hilt. The "strength" refers to the control established over the opponent's weapon upon contact of one's forte with the opponent's foible (a situation of favourable leverage). See also parry and malparry.

Capo Ferro defines the forte as the blade from the hilt to the middle. From the middle to the top is known as the debole (Chapter 3 verse 37).

Forte (notation program)

Forte is a music notation program or Scorewriter developed by the German company Lugert Verlag located in Handorf. Its name is derived from the dynamic marking forte. The program is available in German and English.

Forte (typeface)

Forte is a serif typeface designed by Austrian commercial artist Carl Reissberger in 1962 for the Monotype Corporation.

Forte (surname)

Forte is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Allen Forte (1926–2014), American music theorist and musicologist
  • Anthony Forté or Rappin' 4-Tay (born 1968), rapper
  • Bruno Forte (born 1949), Italian theologian and ecclesiastic
  • Charles Forte, Baron Forte (1908–2007), hotelier
  • Daniele Forte (born 1990) Italian footballer
  • John Forte (born 1966) American comic book artist
  • John Forté (born 1975), previously-imprisoned musician
  • Joe Forte, American writer and painter
  • Jonathan Forte (born 1986), English football player, playing for Southampton F.C.
  • Joseph Forte (born 1981), American professional basketball player
  • Julian Forte (born 1993), Jamaican sprinter
  • Matt Forté (born 1985), American football player
  • Rocco Forte (born 1945), son of Charles Forte, Baron Forte who inherited the hotel business
  • Will Forte (born 1970), Saturday Night Live comedian
Forte (vocal group)

Forte ( ; styled as FORTE) is a classical crossover– operatic pop trio comprising tenors Josh Page, Sean Panikkar and Hana Ryu. Forte was created specifically for season eight of America's Got Talent. The three original members met in person just two days before their first performance together; afterward, the show's rules forced the group to make a personnel change. The new line-up advanced to the final round, where Forte finished in fourth place. Following their elimination, the men accepted a recording contract offered by representatives of Columbia Records, who were waiting for them in the hallway offstage.

Forte has since performed at Carnegie Hall and the White House, and has been the featured guest at numerous charity galas. The group was the first finalist from season eight to headline a show in Las Vegas. Their eponymous debut album peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Classical Albums chart. Forte's sophomore album, The Future Classics, presents their operatic take on recent popular songs and the theme music composed for Game of Thrones.

Usage examples of "forte".

Ripley Forte shoved the eight throttles forward until the indicator needle bit into the red.

Silent and sinister, its base-shrouded in fog, the berg loomed above Forte and his jet sled like a Matterhorn suspended in space.

His weathered face framed by bulbous orange ear defenders that only partially blocked out the din of the jet engines, Ripley Forte squinted through the icy spray at the inertial-navigation dial on the control panel.

But Gwillam Forte cast so long a shadow, it had seemed that his son would never get clear of it.

Soon Ripley Forte would be rich--richer than his billionaire father had ever dreamed of being.

Gwillam Forte was already a rich man when Ripley, his firstborn, became aware that his was no ordinary father.

He was out in the world Gwillam Forte, with two plastic legs and a steel hook instead of a hand, had taken on and conquered.

He had been locked up for three of his 18-months sentence when Gwillam Forte got him sprung.

El Cabellejo ranch, angry because his father insisted he return to school, to prepare to succeed him in the management of his dozen oil companies, newspaper chain, and the 40-odd corporations in which Gwillam Forte had important shareholdings.

Instead, Forte joined the Marine Corps, and fought campaigns in Lebanon, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

His father had given him, as promised, total control over operations of the new Forte Oceanic Resources.

The success of Forte Oceanic Resources, Forte argued, depended on developing radical technologies, and the most revolutionary were being discovered and perfected in university laboratories.

Reclamation of these mineral riches, together with mechanized recovery of the abundant phosphorite and manganese nodules from the seabed, put Forte Oceanic Resources in the forefront of American producers of rare metals.

As national stockpiles of metals dwindled in the mid-1990s, the price of minerals extracted from the sea by Forte Oceanic Resources skyrocketed.

In the aftermath, the State of Texas went its own way as the Republic of Texas, Gwillam Forte was enshrined in the Texas pantheon along with Stephen Austin and Sam Houston, and his vast estate was divided among his numerous ex-wives and their progeny.