- a gradual, steady increase in loudness or force.
- a musical passage characterized by such an increase.
- the performance of a crescendo passage: The crescendo by the violins is too abrupt.
- a steady increase in force or intensity: The rain fell in a crescendo on the rooftops.
- the climactic point or moment in such an increase; peak: The authorities finally took action when public outrage reached a crescendo.
- to grow in force or loudness.
Origin of crescendo
Examples from the Web for crescendo
“It is only loyal to the Iranian leadership,” he concludes with a crescendo.The Sheikh Who Wants to Put the Hurt on Hezbollah in Lebanon
July 29, 2014
The nearly half-decade movement to repeal and replace the medical device tax reached a crescendo on Tuesday.Debt Limit Stalemate Continues On Capitol Hill
October 15, 2013
The sob stories are told without a full-blown, Titanic “My Heart Will Go On” crescendo.Why I Love ‘The X Factor’
September 21, 2011
This is the cry in Tea Party circles, and it is only going to crescendo as the debt deadline gets closer.Out of Their Right Minds
July 21, 2011
Entertainment Weekly calls Fantasy “a fever dream with a crescendo around every corner.”How to Sound Smart on Thanksgiving
Samuel P. Jacobs
November 23, 2010
The crescendo of motors as he ran, sobbing now in fear, for the cover of the jungle.Happy Ending
Then his ears caught a crescendo of the whispering that he had heard before.The Whispering Spheres
Russell Robert Winterbotham
Her voice had a crescendo of vehemence up to this last name.The Mermaid
But that crescendo is well done; yes, that is most effective.Michael
E. F. Benson
He felt the forces within him reach a crescendo at that moment.The Monster
S. M. Tenneshaw
- a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating thisAbbreviation: cresc, (written over the music affected) ≺
- (as modifier)a crescendo passage
- a gradual increase in loudness or intensitythe rising crescendo of a song
- a peak of noise or intensitythe cheers reached a crescendo
- (intr) to increase in loudness or force
- with a crescendo
Word Origin and History for crescendo
1776 as a musical term, from Italian crescendo "increasing," from Latin crescendo, ablative of gerund of crescere "to increase" (see crescent). Figurative use is from 1785. As a verb, from 1900.
A musical direction used to indicate increasing loudness.