noun, plural cre·scen·dos, cre·scen·di [kri-shen-dee, -sen-dee; Italian kre-shen-dee] /krɪˈʃɛn di, -ˈsɛn di; Italian krɛˈʃɛn di/.
- 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.
verb (used without object)
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|Jamie Dettmer|July 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The nearly half-decade movement to repeal and replace the medical device tax reached a crescendo on Tuesday.
The sob stories are told without a full-blown, Titanic “My Heart Will Go On” crescendo.
This is the cry in Tea Party circles, and it is only going to crescendo as the debt deadline gets closer.
Entertainment Weekly calls Fantasy “a fever dream with a crescendo around every corner.”
He felt the forces within him reach a crescendo at that moment.The Monster|S. M. Tenneshaw
A succession of crescendo taps at her door was at length rewarded by a drowsy-eyed apparition in bath-robe and worsted slippers.Beatrice Leigh at College|Julia Augusta Schwartz
Now it was plain enough, and began swelling from a purring rattle to the crescendo of an approaching wind storm.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
But I simply cannot do it, for her demands go crescendo and crescendo.The Last Days of Tolstoy|V. G. Chertkov
The applause died sharply on the crest of a crescendo, and left the air trembling.Told in a French Garden|Mildred Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for crescendo
noun plural -dos or -di (-dɪ)
- a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating thisAbbreviation: cresc, (written over the music affected) ≺
- (as modifier)a crescendo passage
verb -does, -doing or -doed
Word Origin for 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.
Culture definitions for crescendo
A musical direction used to indicate increasing loudness.