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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

Full Definition of crescendo

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

  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

  1. The noise rose to a crescendo.

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



Illustration of crescendo

Origin 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



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