- 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
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- music (to be performed) with gradually decreasing tone and speed
Italian: dropping, from calare to lower, to drop
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