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definition of the word crescendo

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Italian crescendo, gerund of crescere (to grow, to increase)

Singular
crescendo

Plural
crescendos

crescendo (plural crescendos)

  1. (music) An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left. Abbreviation: cresc. Symbol <
  2. (figuratively) A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.
    Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.
  3. (figuratively, nonstandard) The climax of a gradual increase.
    Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.

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