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crescendo

noun cre·scen·do \ krə-ˈshen-(ˌ)dō \

Definition of crescendo

plural crescendos also crescendoes or crescendi play \krə-ˈshen-dē\
1 a :a gradual increase
  • a crescendo of excitement
; 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 crescendo
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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


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crescendo

adverb or adjective

Definition of crescendo

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

Origin and Etymology of crescendo


CRESCENDO Defined for English Language Learners

crescendo

noun

Definition of crescendo for English Language Learners

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

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


CRESCENDO Defined for Kids

crescendo

noun cre·scen·do \ kri-ˈshen-dō \

Definition of crescendo for Students

plural crescendos
: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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