crescendo definition

  • noun:
    • Music A gradual boost, especially in the quantity or intensity of noise in a passage.
    • Music A passage played with a gradual boost in volume or intensity.
    • A steady increase in intensity or force: "insisted [that] all paragraphs ... should be structured as a crescendo rising to a climactic last sentence” ( Henry A. Kissinger).
    • Usage Problem The climactic point or minute after such a progression: "The assaults ... began in December ... and achieved a crescendo during [the president's] September see” ( International Affairs).
    • An instruction to try out gradually more loudly, denoted by an extended, slim angle along with its apex on left ( < ).
    • A gradual increase of anything, specifically to a dramatic orgasm.
    • The orgasm of a gradual enhance.
    • A gradual upsurge in the strength and fullness of tone with which a passage is completed.
    • A passage to be done with constantly increasing number of tone.
    • A passage described as increase of force.
    • (music) a gradual upsurge in loudness
  • adjective:
    • slowly increasing in volume, power, or intensity.
    • slowly increasing in volume
  • adverb:
    • musical With a crescendo.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To build up to or reach a point of great intensity, force, or volume: "The designer-name craze crescendoed in the mid-seventies” ( Bernice Kanner).
  • verb:
    • To increase in power, to reach or go for a crescendo.
    • grow louder
  • adjective-and-adverb:
    • With a constantly increasing volume of sound; with slowly increasing power and fullness of tone; -- a direction for the overall performance of songs, indicated by the level, or by composing your message regarding rating.
  • others:
    • In music, slowly increasing in effect or loudness; inflammation. Often abbreviated to cres. or cresc., or represented because of the personality .
    • The swell pedal.

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