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Related to crescendo: decrescendo
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.
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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]
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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]
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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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Past participle: crescendoed
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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
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crescendo[krɪˈʃendəʊ] N (crescendos or crescendi (pl)) [krɪˈʃendɪ] (Mus) (fig) → crescendo m
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(MUSIC) → crescendo m
[applause, boos] → crescendo f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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. crescendo, kressendo تَصعـيـد صَوْتي кресчендо crescendo crescendo das Crescendo crescendo κρεσέντοcrescendo crescendo, paisuvalt افزایش تدریجی بلندی آوا؛ اوج روی crescendo crescendo קְרֶשֶנדוֹ ऊंचा होते जाना, प्रगति करते रहना krešendo crescendo lambat laun makin keras stigmögnun crescendo 次第に強く (음악) 크레셴도 crescendo kreščendo kresendo crescendocrescendo, stadig stigende lydnivå crescendo په تدریجی ډول زیاتوالی crescendo crescendo крещендо crescendo naraščanje krešendo crescendo ความดังที่ค่อย ๆ เพิ่มระดับขึ้น kreşendo, (müzikte) sesin yükselişi (音樂)漸強 крещендо چڑھتے سُر sự mạnh dần （音乐）渐强
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