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de·cre·scen·do(dā′krə-shĕn′dō, dē′-) Music
adv. & adj. Abbr. dec.
With gradually diminishing force or loudness. Used chiefly as a direction.
n. pl. de·cre·scen·dos
1. A gradual decrease in force or loudness.
2. A decrescendo passage.
[Italian, gerund of decrescere, to decrease, from Latin dēcrēscere; see decrease.]
(Classical Music) another word for diminuendo
[Italian, from decrescere to decrease]
de•cre•scen•do(ˌdi krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, ˌdeɪ-)
adj., adv., n., pl. -dos, -di (dē). adj., adv.
1. gradually decreasing in loudness.n.
2. a gradual decrease in loudness.
[1800–10; < Italian; see decrease]
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|Noun||1.||decrescendo - (music) a gradual decrease in loudness|
softness - a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
|Verb||1.||decrescendo - grow quieter; "The music decrescendoes here"|
decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"
crescendo - grow louder; "The music crescendoes here"
|Adj.||1.||decrescendo - gradually decreasing in volume|
decreasing - music