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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /kɹɪˈʃɛn.dəʊ/, /kɹəˈʃɛn.dəʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /kɹɪˈʃɛn.doʊ/, /kɹəˈʃɛn.doʊ/
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  • Hyphenation: cres‧cen‧do

NounEdit

 
Crescendo notation.

crescendo (plural crescendos or crescendi or crescendoes)

  1. (music) An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left ( < ), by musicians called a hairpin.
  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.
    • 2011 October 20, Michael da Silva, “Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      With the Stoke supporters jeering Ziv's every subsequent touch, the pantomime atmosphere created by the home crowd reached a crescendo when Ziv was shown a straight red shortly after the break in extraordinary circumstances.

Usage notesEdit

  • The musical sense indicates that the figurative sense is an increase rather than the climax of the increase. The use of this word to mean the climax of an increase is nonstandard but commonplace.

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VerbEdit

crescendo (third-person singular simple present crescendoes, present participle crescendoing, simple past and past participle crescendoed)

  1. To increase in intensity; to reach or head for a crescendo.
    The band crescendoed and then suddenly went silent.

AdverbEdit

crescendo (not comparable)

  1. (music) Gradually increasing in force or loudness.

AnagramsEdit


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NounEdit

crescendo n

  1. (music) crescendo

FinnishEdit

NounEdit

crescendo

  1. crescendo (instruction to play gradually more loudly)
  2. (rare) crescendo (gradual increase, especially to a dramatic climax)

DeclensionEdit

Inflection of crescendo (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative crescendo crescendot
genitive crescendon crescendojen
partitive crescendoa crescendoja
illative crescendoon crescendoihin
singular plural
nominative crescendo crescendot
accusative nom. crescendo crescendot
gen. crescendon
genitive crescendon crescendojen
partitive crescendoa crescendoja
inessive crescendossa crescendoissa
elative crescendosta crescendoista
illative crescendoon crescendoihin
adessive crescendolla crescendoilla
ablative crescendolta crescendoilta
allative crescendolle crescendoille
essive crescendona crescendoina
translative crescendoksi crescendoiksi
instructive crescendoin
abessive crescendotta crescendoitta
comitative crescendoineen

ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin crēscendum (increasing, growing), gerund of crēscō

VerbEdit

crescendo

  1. (gerund of crescere) growing, increasing

NounEdit

crescendo m (plural crescendi)

  1. (music) crescendo
  2. (figuratively) crescendo

DescendantsEdit

  • English: crescendo
  • Spanish: crescendo

LatinEdit

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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

crescendo m (plural crescendos)

  1. (music) crescendo (music to be play gradually more loudly)

VerbEdit

crescendo

  1. gerund of crescer

SpanishEdit

NounEdit

crescendo m (plural crescendos)

  1. crescendo

SwedishEdit

NounEdit

crescendo n

  1. (music) crescendo

DeclensionEdit

Declension of crescendo 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative crescendo crescendot crescendon crescendona
Genitive crescendos crescendots crescendons crescendonas