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Definitions for decrescendo
ˌdi krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, ˌdeɪ-de·crescen·do

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decrescendo, diminuendoadjective

    (music) a gradual decrease in loudness

  2. decrescendo, diminuendoverb

    gradually decreasing in volume

  3. decrescendoverb

    grow quieter

    "The music decrescendoes here"


  1. decrescendonoun

    An instruction to play gradually more softly.

  2. decrescendoverb

    To gradually become quieter

  3. decrescendoadjective

    becoming quieter gradually.

  4. Etymology: From decrescendo.


  1. decrescendo

    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. decrescendo

    Decrescendo, in music, refers to a gradual decrease in the volume or intensity of a sound or piece. It is often notated on a musical score using the symbol ">" which is the opposite of a crescendo. The term is derived from the Italian word for 'decreasing'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decrescendo

    with decreasing volume of sound; -- a direction to performers, either written upon the staff (abbreviated Dec., or Decresc.), or indicated by the sign

  2. Etymology: [It.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decrescendo in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decrescendo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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