- a gradual, steady increase in loudness or force.
- a musical passage characterized by such an increase.
- the performance of a crescendo passage: The crescendo by the violins is too abrupt.
- a steady increase in force or intensity: The rain fell in a crescendo on the rooftops.
- the climactic point or moment in such an increase; peak: The authorities finally took action when public outrage reached a crescendo.
- to grow in force or loudness.
Origin of crescendo
Examples from the Web for crescendoed
- a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating thisAbbreviation: cresc, (written over the music affected) ≺
- (as modifier)a crescendo passage
- a gradual increase in loudness or intensitythe rising crescendo of a song
- a peak of noise or intensitythe cheers reached a crescendo
- (intr) to increase in loudness or force
- with a crescendo
Word Origin and History for crescendoed
1776 as a musical term, from Italian crescendo "increasing," from Latin crescendo, ablative of gerund of crescere "to increase" (see crescent). Figurative use is from 1785. As a verb, from 1900.
A musical direction used to indicate increasing loudness.