[ak-sel-uh-ran-doh, -rahn-; Italian aht-che-le-rahn-daw]

Origin of accelerando

1835–45; < Italian < Latin accelerandus, gerundive of accelerāre to speed up. See accelerate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for accelerando

Historical Examples of accelerando

  • He sings like the fitful wind, one moment "accelerando," and the next "una poco moderato."

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

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

British Dictionary definitions for accelerando


adjective, adverb
  1. (to be performed) with increasing speed
noun plural -dos
  1. an increase in speed

Word Origin for accelerando

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