accelerando

[ ak-sel-uh-ran-doh, -rahn-; Italian aht-che-le-rahn-daw ]
/ ækˌsɛl əˈræn doʊ, -ˈrɑn-; Italian ɑtˌtʃɛ lɛˈrɑn dɔ /

adverb, adjective Music.

gradually increasing in speed.

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Origin of accelerando

1835–45; < Italian < Latin accelerandus, gerundive of accelerāre to speed up. See accelerate
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Example sentences from the Web for accelerando

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

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

    Stars of the Opera|Mabel Wagnalls

British Dictionary definitions for accelerando

accelerando
/ (ækˌsɛləˈrændəʊ) music /

adjective, adverb

(to be performed) with increasing speed

noun plural -dos

an increase in speed

Word Origin for accelerando

Italian
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