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
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 dēcrēscere ; 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.