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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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  • 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
  • Accelerando, affrettando (this term implies some degree of excitement also), stringendo, poco a poco animato.

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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