Definitions for crescendokrɪˈʃɛn doʊ, -ˈsɛn doʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cre•scen•do*krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, -ˈsɛn doʊ(n.)(pl.)-dos, -di

  1. (n.)a gradual increase in loudness. a musical passage characterized by such an increase.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. a steady increase in force or intensity.

  3. the climactic point in such an increase; peak.

  4. (adv.)gradually increasing in force, volume, or loudness

    Ref: (opposed to decrescendo or diminuendo ).

  5. (v.i.)to grow in force or loudness.

* (-dē).

Origin of crescendo:

1770–80; < It: lit., growing < L crēscendum, ger. of crēscere to grow

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

Translations for crescendo

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(especially in music) a gradual and continuous increase in loudness.

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