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crescendo

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noun cre·scen·do \krə-ˈshen-(ˌ)dō\

Simple Definition of crescendo

  • : a gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music

  • : the highest or loudest point of something that increases gradually

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of crescendo

plural

crescendos

also

crescendoes

or

crescendi

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  1. 1 a :  a gradual increase; specifically :  a gradual increase in volume of a musical passage b :  the peak of a gradual increase :  climax <complaints about stifling smog conditions reach a crescendoDown Beat>

  2. 2 :  a crescendo musical passage

crescendo

intransitive verb

Examples of crescendo in a sentence

  1. The noise rose to a crescendo.

  2. <their divorce was merely the formal crescendo of a long period of marital stress and estrangement>



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Origin and Etymology of crescendo

Italian, from crescendo, adjective, increasing, gerund of crescere to grow, increase, from Latin


First Known Use: 1775


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crescendo

adverb or adjective cre·scen·do

Definition of crescendo

  1. :  with an increase in volume —used as a direction in music



1807

First Known Use of crescendo

1807


CRESCENDO Defined for Kids

crescendo

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noun cre·scen·do \kri-ˈshen-dō\

Definition of crescendo for Students

plural

crescendos

  1. :  a gradual increase in the loudness of music



Word Root of crescendo

The Latin word crēscere, meaning “to grow,” gives us the root cresc or cre. Words from the Latin crēscere have something to do with growing. To increase is to grow greater in size or amount. To decrease is to grow smaller in size or amount. A crescendo in music is when the volume slowly grows louder.



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