accelerando

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

gradually increasing in speed.

Nearby words

  1. accardo,
  2. accc,
  3. accd,
  4. accede,
  5. accel.,
  6. accelerant,
  7. accelerate,
  8. accelerated reader,
  9. accelerating universe,
  10. acceleration

Origin of accelerando

1835–45; < Italian < Latin accelerandus, gerundive of accelerāre to speed up. See accelerate

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Examples 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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