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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Muggah:

    Then we had the Rocinha effect, pushback against the program began in 2013 and reached a crescendo with the killing of Amarildo.

  2. Bruce Beemer:

    We can say we have the authority and move forward, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to test us, none of us like to think where the crescendo will be.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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