becoming slower and softer; dying away.


in a slower, softer manner.

Origin of calando

probably earlier than 1850–55; < Italian: slackening < Latin calandum, gerund of calāre to let down < Greek chalân to loosen, slacken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for calando


adjective, adverb

music (to be performed) with gradually decreasing tone and speed

Word Origin for calando

Italian: dropping, from calare to lower, to drop
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