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- (music) An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left. Abbreviation: cresc. Symbol
- (figurative) A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.
Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.
- (figurative, non-standard) The climax of a gradual increase.
Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.
- (gerund of crescere) growing, increasing
- (music) crescendo
- (figurative) crescendo
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Cres*cen"do (kr?s-s?n"d?; It. kr?-sh?n"d?),
a. & adv. [It., from crescere to
increase. See Crescent.] (Mus.) With a
constantly increasing volume of voice; with gradually increasing
strength and fullness of tone; -- a direction for the performance
of music, indicated by the mark, or by writing the word on the
Cres*cen"do, n. (Mus.)
(a) A gradual increase in the strength and
fullness of tone with which a passage is performed.
(b) A passage to be performed with
constantly increasing volume of tone.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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