[strin-jen-doh; Italian streen-jen-daw]

adjective, adverb Music.

(of a musical direction) progressively quickening in tempo.

Origin of stringendo

1850–55; < Italian, gerund of stringere to tighten < Latin (see strict) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stringendo

Historical Examples of stringendo

  • Accelerando, affrettando (this term implies some degree of excitement also), stringendo, poco a poco animato.

  • The closing bars suggest the stringendo passage and presto bars in the coda of the Scherzo of the "Choral Symphony."

British Dictionary definitions for stringendo


adjective, adverb

music to be performed with increasing speed

Word Origin for stringendo

Italian, from stringere to compress, from Latin: to draw tight; see stringent
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