from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music A gradual increase, especially in the volume or intensity of sound in a passage.
- n. Music A passage played with a gradual increase in volume or intensity.
- n. 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).
- n. 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).
- adj. Gradually increasing in volume, force, or intensity.
- adv. Music With a crescendo.
- intransitive v. 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left ( < ).
- n. A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.
- n. The climax of a gradual increase.
- v. To increase in intensity, to reach or head for a crescendo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
- n. A gradual increase in the strength and fullness of tone with which a passage is performed.
- n. A passage to be performed with constantly increasing volume of tone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, gradually increasing in force or loudness; swelling. Often abbreviated to cres. or cresc., or represented by the character .
- The swell pedal.
- n. A passage characterized by increase of force.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. gradually increasing in volume
- n. (music) a gradual increase in loudness
- v. grow louder
Italian, present participle of crescere, to increase, from Latin crēscere.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian crescendo, gerund of crescere ("to grow, to increase") (Wiktionary)