What does Crescendo mean?

Definitions for Crescendo
krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, -ˈsɛn doʊcrescen·do

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crescendoadjective

    (music) a gradual increase in loudness

  2. crescendoverb

    gradually increasing in volume

  3. crescendoverb

    grow louder

    "The music crescendoes here"


  1. crescendonoun

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

  2. crescendonoun

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

    Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.

  3. crescendonoun

    The climax of a gradual increase.

    Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.

  4. crescendoverb

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

    The band crescendoed and then suddenly went silent.

  5. Etymology: gerund of crescere


  1. crescendo

    In music, the dynamics of a piece is the variation in loudness between notes or phrases. Dynamics are indicated by specific musical notation, often in some detail. However, dynamics markings still require interpretation by the performer depending on the musical context: for instance, the forte marking f (meaning loud) in one part of a piece might have quite different objective loudness in another piece or even a different section of the same piece. The execution of dynamics also extends beyond loudness to include changes in timbre and sometimes tempo rubato.


  1. crescendo

    A crescendo is a musical term originating from Italian that refers to a gradual increase in volume or intensity of sound in a passage. It is often indicated in written music through the abbreviation "cresc." or by a long, narrow angle (

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. Crescendonoun

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

  3. Crescendonoun

    a passage to be performed with constantly increasing volume of tone

  4. Etymology: [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..

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  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

Examples of Crescendo in a Sentence

  1. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    I think all of the anxiety is coming to a crescendo in this country. You have to understand -- we're the body of government closest to the people. We're up every other year and there's just a lot of anxiety that's out there.

  2. Prosecutor Creighton Waters:

    The pressures on this man were unbearable and they were reaching a crescendo the day his wife and son were murdered by him.

  3. Jeffrey Gundlach:

    I still believe that there is a danger of repeat of a Treasury meltup that 2014 did end up bringing, particularly into the crescendo of October 15, if something can't go up, it has to go down. Yields can't seem to go up. They might go down. And if they go down any amount again, if the 10-year goes below 2 percent, even below 2.20 percent, that's the line in the sand I am talking about.

  4. Jason Shoup:

    The ECB doesn't start buying bonds until March so we expect RFPs from European pension funds to crescendo when that occurs. There seems to be some that are already trying to get ahead of The ECB.

  5. Wright State President David Hopkins:

    This is a very difficult decision, but there has been a growing crescendo of concern about what it would take to guarantee the safety and security of the campus and the community. The expense would be daunting.

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