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n.adv. & adj. Abbr. dim. or dimin. Music
[Italian, present participle of diminuire, to diminish, from Latin dīminuere; see diminish.]
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n, pl -dos
a. a gradual decrease in loudness or the musical direction indicating this. Abbreviation: dim or ≻ (written over the music affected)
b. a musical passage affected by a diminuendo
1. (Classical Music) gradually decreasing in loudness
2. (Classical Music) with a diminuendo
[C18: from Italian, from diminuire to diminish]
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di•min•u•en•do(dɪˌmɪn yuˈɛn doʊ)
adj., adv., n., pl. -does. Music. adj., adv.
2. a decrescendo.Symbol:>
[1765–75; < Italian, present participle of diminuire; see diminish]
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|Noun||1.||diminuendo - (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
|Adj.||1.||diminuendo - gradually decreasing in volume|
decreasing - music
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