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Meaning of CRESCENDO

Pronunciation:  kri'shendow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (music) a gradual increase in loudness
  2. [adj]  gradually increasing in volume
  3. [v]  grow louder, of sound; "The music crescendoes here"

CRESCENDO is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: increasing
 Antonyms: decrescendo
 See Also: increase, intensity, loudness, swell, volume



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cres*cen"do\ (kr?s-s?n"d?; It. kr?-sh?n"d?), a. &
    adv. [It., from crescere to increase. See {Crescent}.] (Mus.)
    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. \Cres*cen"do\, n. (Mus.)
    (a) A gradual increase in the strength and fullness of tone
        with which a passage is performed.
    (b) A passage to be performed with constantly increasing
        volume of tone.
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