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 (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.]
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n, adj
(Classical Music) another word for diminuendo
[Italian, from decrescere to decrease]
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(ˌdi krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, ˌdeɪ-)

adj., adv., n., pl. -dos, -di (dē). adj., adv.
1. gradually decreasing in loudness.
2. a gradual decrease in loudness.
[1800–10; < Italian; see decrease]
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decrease volume
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
Verb1.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
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References in classic literature ?
After the gradual cessation of all sound and movement on the faithful river, only the ringing of ships' bells is heard, mysterious and muffled in the white vapour from London Bridge right down to the Nore, for miles and miles in a decrescendo tinkling, to where the estuary broadens out into the North Sea, and the anchored ships lie scattered thinly in the shrouded channels between the sand-banks of the Thames' mouth.
Joining in with the sit-ins at Tahrir Square and taking care of her father, Nadia's life crescendos and decrescendos from significance into apathy as she looks back at everything that has brought her to this point in life.
Open fifths are used liberally in the melody and accompaniment throughout the song, as are sweeping crescendos and decrescendos and longer note values.
Cantus has a splendidly homogenous sound, evincing itself from the very first chords of the opening track, Janacek's Veni, Sancte Spiritus--perfectly tonally balanced, rich and beautifully soft, with the singers resourcefully working with the agogics and the dynamic structure of the musical phrases (enthralling decrescendos).
That impeccable blend and mellifluous tone was immediately apparent right from the start of the first two movements of the Piano Quintet, Opus 5, where the quartet's exemplary long decrescendos down to the micron level melted in the ear.
Callicutt found that cocobolo, bocote, pecan, osage orange and acrylic double reeds most resembled the decrescendos of female mallards.
(7)) While Kren insisted on a correspondence between the drama of Muehl's mise en scene and his own masterful montages, the score for his filming of Mama and Papa-its "skyscrapers" recall the blueprints from his earlier films-confirms that Kren was far more interested in "the rhythm of the visual," with its leitmotifs, crescendos, and decrescendos. (8)
She liked my phrasing--the crescendos and decrescendos were clear and comfortable.
Ii is wonderful to hear Koffman's fingers working the keys as she decrescendos through a passage, to get the aural reminder of the work transpiring in the midst of playing (and praying).
Russian Chamber Philharmonic Lichfield Cathedral Extreme tempos; big, sweeping crescendos and decrescendos; no harpsichord; and oodles of thick, creamy vibrato.
Then try combinations of inflections, decrescendos, and crescendos.
In a study published in the June 30 issue of the journal Circulation, Italian researchers found that healthy adults' heart rate, blood pressure, and blood flow changed in response to musical crescendos and decrescendos. This only serves to underscore what music therapists have said through the years, that music has a legitimate role in the treatment of various conditions, such as hypertension, anxiety and more.