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cres·cen·do

 (krə-shĕn′dō)
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.
2.
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).
adj.
Gradually increasing in volume, force, or intensity.
adv. Music
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.
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crescendo

(krɪˈʃɛndəʊ)
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
adv
(Music, other) with a crescendo
[C18: from Italian, literally: increasing, from crescere to grow, from Latin]
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cre•scen•do

(krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, -ˈsɛn doʊ)

n., pl. -dos, -di (-dē), n.
1.
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.
4. gradually increasing in force, volume, or loudness (opposed to decrescendo or diminuendo).
v.i.
5. to grow in force or loudness.
[1770–80; < Italian: literally, growing < Latin crēscendum, ger. of crēscere to grow]
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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.
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crescendo


Past participle: crescendoed
Gerund: crescendoing

Imperative
crescendo
crescendo
Present
I crescendo
you crescendo
he/she/it crescendoes
we crescendo
you crescendo
they crescendo
Preterite
I crescendoed
you crescendoed
he/she/it crescendoed
we crescendoed
you crescendoed
they crescendoed
Present Continuous
I am crescendoing
you are crescendoing
he/she/it is crescendoing
we are crescendoing
you are crescendoing
they are crescendoing
Present Perfect
I have crescendoed
you have crescendoed
he/she/it has crescendoed
we have crescendoed
you have crescendoed
they have crescendoed
Past Continuous
I was crescendoing
you were crescendoing
he/she/it was crescendoing
we were crescendoing
you were crescendoing
they were crescendoing
Past Perfect
I had crescendoed
you had crescendoed
he/she/it had crescendoed
we had crescendoed
you had crescendoed
they had crescendoed
Future
I will crescendo
you will crescendo
he/she/it will crescendo
we will crescendo
you will crescendo
they will crescendo
Future Perfect
I will have crescendoed
you will have crescendoed
he/she/it will have crescendoed
we will have crescendoed
you will have crescendoed
they will have crescendoed
Future Continuous
I will be crescendoing
you will be crescendoing
he/she/it will be crescendoing
we will be crescendoing
you will be crescendoing
they will be crescendoing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been crescendoing
you have been crescendoing
he/she/it has been crescendoing
we have been crescendoing
you have been crescendoing
they have been crescendoing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been crescendoing
you will have been crescendoing
he/she/it will have been crescendoing
we will have been crescendoing
you will have been crescendoing
they will have been crescendoing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been crescendoing
you had been crescendoing
he/she/it had been crescendoing
we had been crescendoing
you had been crescendoing
they had been crescendoing
Conditional
I would crescendo
you would crescendo
he/she/it would crescendo
we would crescendo
you would crescendo
they would crescendo
Past Conditional
I would have crescendoed
you would have crescendoed
he/she/it would have crescendoed
we would have crescendoed
you would have crescendoed
they would have crescendoed
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

crescendo

increase volume gradually
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Verb1.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
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Translations
تَصعـيـد صَوْتي
crescendo
crescendo
crescendo
crescendo
stigmögnun
crescens
crescendo
kreščendo
crescendo
crescendo
kreşendosesin yükselişi

crescendo

[krɪˈʃendəʊ] N (crescendos or crescendi (pl)) [krɪˈʃendɪ] (Mus) (fig) → crescendo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

crescendo

[krɪˈʃɛndəʊ] n
(MUSIC)crescendo m
[applause, boos] → crescendo f
(= increasing level) a crescendo of protest → un crescendo de protestations
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

crescendo

n (Mus) → Crescendo nt; (fig)Zunahme f; crescendo of excitementAnschwellen ntder Aufregung
vi (Mus, fig) → anschwellen
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

crescendo

[krɪˈʃɛndəʊ] n (Mus) (fig) → crescendo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

crescendo

(kriˈʃendəu) plural cresˈcendos noun
(especially in music) a gradual and continuous increase in loudness.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
It's crescendi, the decrescendi, all the lovely musical things.
The emphasis on a few small details of expression is also interesting and pleasant: though Smetana wrote them in, conductors often overlook them, for example the internal crescendi in the final theme of Vysehrad, or the counter-voices in the trio of the polka in Z ceskych luhu a haju.
Scale Study: Play as written, then with articulation variantions 1 through 5, make even crescendi in each bar ascending, even dimenuendo descending.
Bach's Brandenburg 3, crisp and inspiriting in delivery, was given a straight, clean reading, each individual part forthcoming, and the built-in crescendi grippingly achieved.
The robust brass section certainly raised the temperature during dramatic crescendi which were also heightened by the impact created by the 'spot-on' percussion players.
He pushes over the phrase divisions with little crescendi, unwilling to let the music stop without reaching the plenitude of four-bar multiples.
From that he managed to build some incredible crescendi, extracting large swathes of colour from the orchestra who obviously responded highly positively.
There was impressive momentum in the first movement and crescendi were calculated perfectly in the Funeral March with a finale of undiluted power.
Her crescendi were never bombastic, and her approach was very musical.
* Notes leading to the high note, most particularly those in descent, can be sung with crescendi. High notes can be a continuance of momentum gained in the notes leading up to them.