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calando

[kah-lahn-doh]Music.
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adjective
  1. becoming slower and softer; dying away.
adverb
  1. in a slower, softer manner.

Origin of calando

probably earlier than 1850–55; < Italian: slackening < Latin calandum, gerund of calāre to let down < Greek chalân to loosen, slacken
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British Dictionary definitions for calando

calando

adjective, adverb
  1. music (to be performed) with gradually decreasing tone and speed

Word Origin

Italian: dropping, from calare to lower, to drop
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