calando definition by Webster's New World
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Musical Direction with gradually decreasing speed and volume; fading away
Origin: Italian gerund, gerundive of calare, to decrease ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek chalan, to slacken
calando definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adverb & adj. Music
With a gradual decrease in volume and often tempo. Used chiefly as a direction.
Origin: Italian, present participle of calare, to slacken, from Latin calāre, from Greek khalān.