Decrescendo definition

dākrə-shĕndō, dē-
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With a gradual decrease in loudness; diminuendo: often used as a musical direction, indicated by the sign 
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A decrescendo passage.
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With gradually diminishing force or loudness. Used chiefly as a direction.
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A gradual decrease in force or loudness.
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A decrescendo passage.
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A gradual decrease in loudness.
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(music) An instruction to play gradually more softly.
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(music) To gradually become quieter.
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Becoming quieter gradually.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
decrescendo
Plural:
decrescendos

Origin of decrescendo

  • Italian gerund of decrescere to decrease from Latin dēcrēscere decrease

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian decrescendo.

    From Wiktionary