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decrescendo

[ dee-kri-shen-doh, dey-; Italian de-kre-shen-daw ]
/ ˌdi krɪˈʃɛn doʊ, ˌdeɪ-; Italian ˌdɛ krɛˈʃɛn dɔ /
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adjective, adverb

gradually reducing force or loudness; diminuendo (opposed to crescendo).

noun, plural de·cre·scen·dos, Italian de·cre·scen·di [de-kre-shen-dee] /ˌdɛ krɛˈʃɛn di/.

a gradual reduction in force or loudness.
a decrescendo passage.

Nearby words

decreolize, decrepit, decrepitate, decrepitude, decresc., decrescendo, decrescent, decretal, decretals, decretist, decretive

Origin of decrescendo

1800–10; < Italian, gerund of decrescere; see decrease
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decrescendo

/ (ˌdiːkrɪˈʃɛndəʊ) /

noun, adjective

another word for diminuendo

Word Origin for decrescendo

Italian, from decrescere to decrease
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Word Origin and History for decrescendo

decrescendo


n.

1806, from Italian decrescendo, from Latin decrescere (see decrease (v.)).

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