- gradually reducing in force or loudness; decrescendo (opposed to crescendo).
- a gradual reduction of force or loudness.
- a diminuendo passage. Symbol: >
Origin of diminuendo
1765–75; < Italian, present participle of diminuire; see diminish
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Examples from the Web for diminuendo
The diminuendo of his footsteps was agreeable to Doggies ear.The Rough Road
William John Locke
He stood where he was listening to the diminuendo whisper of her dress.Scarlet and Hyssop
E. F. Benson
There were twenty paces crescendo, a pause, and then twenty diminuendo.Soldiers Three
Carefully observe the effects of crescendo < and diminuendo >.Memories of a Musical Life
You, perhaps, do not like to play this place crescendo, but diminuendo.Piano and Song
- a gradual decrease in loudness or the musical direction indicating thisAbbreviation: dim, (written over the music affected) ≻
- a musical passage affected by a diminuendo
- gradually decreasing in loudness
- with a diminuendo
C18: from Italian, from diminuire to diminish
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Word Origin and History for diminuendo
1775, from Italian diminuendo "lessening, diminishing," present participle of diminuire, from Latin deminuere (see diminish).
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