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[strin-jen-doh; Italian streen-jen-daw] /strɪnˈdʒɛn doʊ; Italian strinˈdʒɛn dɔ/
adjective, adverb, Music.
(of a musical direction) progressively quickening in tempo.
Origin of stringendo
1850-55; < Italian, gerund of stringere to tighten < Latin (see strict) Unabridged
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  • Accelerando, affrettando (this term implies some degree of excitement also), stringendo, poco a poco animato.

  • The closing bars suggest the stringendo passage and presto bars in the coda of the Scherzo of the "Choral Symphony."

    The Pianoforte Sonata J.S. Shedlock
British Dictionary definitions for stringendo


adjective, adverb
(music) to be performed with increasing speed
Word Origin
Italian, from stringere to compress, from Latin: to draw tight; see stringent
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