- 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.
Origin of crescendo
How to use crescendo in a sentence
The performance really crescendoed when the band kicked in and Taylor started tossing her hair around all Beyoncé-like.Beyonce Gave the Best Grammy Awards Performance (And 8 More That Were Pretty Good, Too)|Kevin Fallon|January 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The hoofbeats of horse and rohorse crescendoed; there was the resounding clang!
The approaching knight and steed loomed larger; the sound of hoofbeats crescendoed into staccato thunder.
It was followed by a grating noise that crescendoed and culminated in a terrific crash.Spillthrough|Daniel F. Galouye
Her sustained and crescendoed high C in the third act of this opera is worth a long journey to hear.Stars of the Opera|Mabel Wagnalls
British Dictionary definitions for crescendo
- a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating thisAbbreviation: cresc, (written over the music affected) ≺
- (as modifier)a crescendo passage
Word Origin for crescendo
Cultural definitions for crescendo
A musical direction used to indicate increasing loudness.