The definition of crescendo is something that gradually gets louder.(adjective)
An example of crescendo is a part of a song where the volume increases gradually.
Crescendo is defined as something, such as music, that gradually gets louder or more intense.(noun)
An example of a crescendo is a part of a song that gradually gets louder.
To crescendo means to gradually grow in volume or intensity.(verb)
An example of crescendo is when a song starts gradually getting louder.
See crescendo in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: It, ger. of crescere: see crescent
noun pl. crescendos
See crescendo in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. cres·cen·dos or cres·cen·di (-dē)
Origin: , present participle of crescere, to increase
Origin: , from Latin crēscere; see ker-2 in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: Crescendo is sometimes used by reputable speakers and writers to denote a climax or peak, as in noise level, rather than an increase. Although citational evidence over time attests to widespread currency, it is difficult for anyone acquainted with the technical musical sense of crescendo to use it to mean “a peak.” Fifty-five percent of the Usage Panel rejected it in the sentence When the guard sank a three-pointer to tie the game, the noise of the crowd reached a crescendo.
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