/kri shen"doh, -sen"doh/; It. /krdde shen"daw/, n., pl. crescendos, crescendi /-dee/, adj., adv., v.
1. Music.
a. a gradual, steady increase in loudness or force.
b. a musical passage characterized by such an increase.
c. the performance of a crescendo passage: The crescendo by the violins is too abrupt.
2. a steady increase in force or intensity: The rain fell in a crescendo on the rooftops.
3. the climactic point or moment in such an increase; peak: The authorities finally took action when public outrage reached a crescendo.
adj., adv.
4. gradually increasing in force, volume, or loudness (opposed to decrescendo or diminuendo).
5. to grow in force or loudness.
[1770-80; < It: lit., growing < L crescendum, ger. of crescere to grow; see CRESCENT]
Ant. 1. diminuendo.

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