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n. pl. cres·cen·dos or cres·cen·di (-dē)
1. Abbr. cr. Music
a. A gradual increase in the volume or intensity of sound in a passage.
b. A passage played with a gradual increase in volume or intensity.
a. A steady increase in intensity or force: "insisted [that] all paragraphs ... should be structured as a crescendo rising to a climactic last sentence" (Henry A. Kissinger).
b. Usage Problem The climactic point or moment after such a progression: "The attacks ... began in December ... and reached a crescendo during [the president's] September visit" (Foreign Affairs).
Gradually increasing in volume, force, or intensity.
With a crescendo.
intr.v. cres·cen·doed, cres·cen·do·ing, cres·cen·does
To build up to or reach a point of great intensity, force, or volume: "The designer-name craze crescendoed in the mid-seventies" (Bernice Kanner).
[Italian, present participle of crescere, to increase, from Latin crēscere; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Crescendo is sometimes used to refer to a climax or peak, as in noise level, rather than an increase. The Usage Panel has mixed feelings about this usage, though the evidence suggests that acceptance of it is slowly increasing. In our 1988 survey, 55 percent of the Usage Panel rejected it in the sentence When the guard sank a three-pointer to tie the game, the noise of the crowd reached a crescendo. In 2006, 55 percent accepted this same sentence.
n, pl -dos or -di (-dɪ)
1. (Music, other) music
a. a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating this. Abbreviation: cresc or ≺ (written over the music affected)
b. (as modifier): a crescendo passage.
2. a gradual increase in loudness or intensity: the rising crescendo of a song.
3. a peak of noise or intensity: the cheers reached a crescendo.
vb, -does, -doing or -doed
(intr) to increase in loudness or force
(Music, other) with a crescendo
[C18: from Italian, literally: increasing, from crescere to grow, from Latin]
cre•scen•do(krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, -ˈsɛn doʊ)
n., pl. -dos, -di (-dē), n.
a. a gradual increase in loudness.
b. a musical passage characterized by such an increase.
2. a steady increase in force or intensity.
3. the climactic point in such an increase; peak.adj., adv.
5. to grow in force or loudness.
[1770–80; < Italian: literally, growing < Latin crēscendum, ger. of crēscere to grow]
crescendo- Often mistakenly used to mean "reaching a pinnacle" when, in fact, it should be used only to describe a gradual increase in intensity or volume.
See also related terms for intensity.
Past participle: crescendoed
increase volume gradually
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|Noun||1.||crescendo - (music) a gradual increase in loudness|
loudness, intensity, volume - the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction); "the kids played their music at full volume"
swell - a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
|Verb||1.||crescendo - grow louder; "The music crescendoes here"|
increase - become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased"
decrescendo - grow quieter; "The music decrescendoes here"
|Adj.||1.||crescendo - gradually increasing in volume|
increasing - music
crescendo[krɪˈʃendəʊ] N (crescendos or crescendi (pl)) [krɪˈʃendɪ] (Mus) (fig) → crescendo m
crescendo[krɪˈʃɛndəʊ] n (Mus) (fig) → crescendo
crescendo(kriˈʃendəu) – plural cresˈcendos – noun
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