decrescendo

noun
de·​cre·​scen·​do | \ˌdā-krə-ˈshen-(ˌ)dō \
plural decrescendos

Definition of decrescendo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a gradual decrease in volume of a musical passage

2 : a decrescendo musical passage

decrescendo

adverb or adjective

Definition of decrescendo (Entry 2 of 2)

: with a decrease in volume used as a direction in music

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Noun

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In the meaning defined above

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When at long last the volume drops from 11 and Mr. Preston reflects on his 10-year arc, the epilogue is a contemplative decrescendo of hard-won humility and gratitude. Forrest Pritchard, WSJ, "‘The New Farm’ and ‘Fruitful Labor’ Reviews: Betting the Farm on Organic," 13 Apr. 2018 The extended decrescendo ending -- also sans vocals -- is as breathtaking as the build-up. Zach Dionne, Billboard, "Childish Gambino's 15 Best Songs: Critic's Picks," 11 Sep. 2017 In Iraq, the English word hello has become entrenched in the parting protocol, usually as a decrescendo—HELLO, Nour Malas, WSJ, "Iraqis Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye—They Prefer to Say Hello," 21 Mar. 2017 At a time when Silicon Valley has been forced to publicly grapple with issues of sexism, the decrescendo of Mayer’s tenure is doubly unfortunate; there are so few female leaders in tech, and Mayer was seen by many as a female leader where few exist. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "The Inevitable Death of the Marissa Mayer Dream," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of decrescendo

Noun

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb or adjective

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decrescendo

Noun

Italian, literally, decreasing, from Latin decrescendum, gerund of decrescere

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decrescendo

noun
de·​cre·​scen·​do | \ˌdā-krə-ˈshen-dō \

Kids Definition of decrescendo

: a gradual decrease in the loudness of music

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