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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 score.

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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