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1crescendo

noun cre·scen·do \krə-ˈshen-(ˌ)dō\

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

: the highest or loudest point of something that increases gradually

plural cre·scen·dos also cre·scen·does or cre·scen·di\-dē\

Full Definition of CRESCENDO

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
:  a crescendo musical passage
crescendo intransitive verb
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Examples of CRESCENDO

  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 of CRESCENDO

Italian, from crescendo, adjective, increasing, gerund of crescere to grow, increase, from Latin
First Known Use: 1775

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2crescendo

adverb or adjective

Definition of CRESCENDO

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

First Known Use of CRESCENDO

1807

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
CRESCENDOES Defined for Kids

crescendo

noun cre·scen·do \kri-ˈshen-dō\
plural cre·scen·dos

Definition of CRESCENDO for Kids

:  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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