with a gradual decrease in loudness; diminuendo: often used as a musical direction, indicated by the sign ?
Origin of decrescendoIt, present participle of decrescere ; from L, decrease
- a gradual decrease in loudness
- a decrescendo passage
& adj.Abbr. dec.
With gradually diminishing force or loudness. Used chiefly as a direction.
- A gradual decrease in force or loudness.
- A decrescendo passage.
Origin of decrescendoItalian, gerund of decrescere, to decrease, from Latin d&emacron;cr&emacron;scere; see decrease.
(third-person singular simple present decrescendos, present participle decrescendoing, simple past and past participle decrescendoed)
- (music) To gradually become quieter
- becoming quieter gradually.
From Italian decrescendo.