What does crescendo mean?

Definitions for crescendokrɪˈʃɛn doʊ, -ˈsɛn doʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crescendo(adj)

    (music) a gradual increase in loudness

  2. crescendo(verb)

    gradually increasing in volume

  3. crescendo(verb)

    grow louder

    "The music crescendoes here"


  1. crescendo(Noun)

    An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left ( < ).

  2. crescendo(Noun)

    A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.

    Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.

  3. crescendo(Noun)

    The climax of a gradual increase.

    Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.

  4. crescendo(Verb)

    To increase in intensity, to reach or head for a crescendo.

    The band crescendoed and then suddenly went silent.

  5. Origin: gerund of crescere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crescendo

    with a constantly increasing volume of voice; with gradually increasing strength and fullness of tone; -- a direction for the performance of music, indicated by the mark, or by writing the word on the score

  2. Crescendo(noun)

    a gradual increase in the strength and fullness of tone with which a passage is performed

  3. Crescendo(noun)

    a passage to be performed with constantly increasing volume of tone

  4. Origin: [It., from crescere to increase. See Crescent.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crescendo

    kres-en′dō, adv. (mus.) gradually increasing in force or loudness.—n. a passage marked by this.—Often cres., cresc., or Crescendo symbol.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crescendo in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crescendo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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