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.
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How to use crescendo in a sentence
The heat will begin to manifest itself in abnormally high temperatures Saturday before becoming entrenched Sunday and reaching a crescendo Monday.Yet another major heat wave is set to roast the western U.S. and Canada by the weekend | Matthew Cappucci | July 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Music swells, crescendos, and then it ends — opening the door for something new.Japanese Breakfast isn’t the artist she used to be | Alexa Lee | June 4, 2021 | Vox
Mobile-first has been a priority of Google’s for years as the beat of the user experience drum has grown to a crescendo.Mobile-first and Core Web Vitals: connecting the dots for page experience success | Jim Yu | April 2, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
That’s what the researchers were really trying to get at by now, as the study reached its crescendo.Can I Ask You a Ridiculously Personal Question? (Ep. 451) | Stephen J. Dubner | February 11, 2021 | Freakonomics
The sermon reaches a singsong crescendo with Huling in an Ozzy Osbourne rock-star crouch screaming into the microphone.Raphael Warnock’s campaign for the moral high ground | Clyde McGrady | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
When things reached the ludicrous crescendo of the finale—when neither story made sense—my heart sank.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale | Tim Teeman | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Global attention and anger about the kidnapping, after a slow start, is now reaching a thunderous crescendo.
The chants grew louder before reaching an eardrum-piercing crescendo when the 2013 Arab Idol glided on stage.
The nearly half-decade movement to repeal and replace the medical device tax reached a crescendo on Tuesday.
The words dropped from her lips in a sibilous 184 crescendo as her blood drove her to a display of emotion.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
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
As the drum began to beat the tattoo and the bugle to rise on a crescendo of lovely notes, soldiers swarmed toward the barracks.Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
The usual cry is a crescendo ku-il, ku-il, ku-il, which to Indian ears is very sweet-sounding.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar
And it is a mutual crescendo between the 'perfidious Seckendorf' and them; without work done.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XV. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for crescendo
a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating this: Abbreviation: cresc, (written over the music affected) ≺
(as modifier): a crescendo passage
a gradual increase in loudness or intensity: the rising crescendo of a song
a peak of noise or intensity: the cheers reached a crescendo
(intr) to increase in loudness or force
with a crescendo
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Cultural definitions for crescendo
A musical direction used to indicate increasing loudness.
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