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crescendo Explained

crescendo at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


crescendo at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n plural crescendos [C] // [Date: 1700-1800; Language: Italian; Origin: 'growing', from Latin crescendum, from crescere; CRESCENT]//
1 if a sound or a piece of music rises to a crescendo, it gradually becomes louder until it is very loud: → diminuendo// --The shouting rose to a deafening crescendo .// --The curtains opened as the music reached a crescendo .//
2 if an activity or feeling reaches a crescendo, it gradually becomes stronger until it is very strong: --The campaign reached its crescendo in the week of the election.//

crescendo at German => English Of Explained:


crescendo at Spanish => English Of Explained:


crescendo at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

209 Moby Thesaurus words for "crescendo":
a cappella, abbandono, access, accession, accrescendo, accretion,
accrual, accrue, accruement, accumulate, accumulation, acme,
adagietto, adagio, add to, addition, adjunct, advance, affettuoso,
aggrandize, aggrandizement, agilmente, agitato, allegretto,
allegro, amabile, amoroso, ampliation, amplification, amplify,
andante, andantino, apex, apogee, appassionatamente, appassionato,
appreciate, appreciation, ascent, augment, augmentation,
awake the dead, balloon, ballooning, blast, blast the ear, bloat,
bloating, blow up, boom, boost, breed, brillante, broaden,
broadening, build, build up, buildup, bulk, bulk out, capriccioso,
capstone, climax, con affetto, con agilita, con agitazione,
con amore, crash, crest, culmen, culmination, deafen, decrescendo,
deployment, develop, development, dilate, diminuendo, din,
dispersion, distend, dolce, edema, elevation, enlarge, enlargement,
expand, expansion, extend, extension, fanning out, fill out,
fill the air, flare, flood, forte, fortissimo, fullness, gain,
gain strength, get ahead, go up, greaten, greatening, grow, growth,
gush, hike, hike up, hiking, huff, increase, increment, inflate,
inflation, intensify, intensity, jump, lamentabile, larghetto,
larghissimo, largo, leap, legato, leggiero, loudishness, loudness,
magnification, magnify, marcando, meridian, morendo, mount,
mounting, multiplication, multiply, parlando, peak, peal,
pianissimo, piano, pizzicato, prestissimo, presto, productiveness,
proliferate, proliferation, puff, puff up, pump, pump up, raise,
raising, rallentando, rarefy, rattle the windows, rend the air,
rend the ears, resound, ring, rise, ritardando, ritenuto,
rock the sky, run up, scherzando, scherzo, scherzoso, shoot up,
snowball, snowballing, sonority, sonorousness, sordo, sotto voce,
spiccato, splay, split the eardrums, split the ears, spread,
spreading, staccato, startle the echoes, strengthen, stretch,
stretto, stun, sufflate, surge, surge of sound, swell, swelling,
thunder, tremolando, tremoloso, trillando, tumefy, tumescence, up,
upping, upsurge, upswing, uptrend, upturn, volume, wax, waxing,
widen, widening

crescendo at Polish => English Of Explained:



crescendo at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADV] (Increase): crescendo, increasingly, progressively, more and more, more and more often, better yet.

crescendo at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun (plural crescendos) [C, U]
1 (music) a gradual increase in how loudly a piece of music is played or sung
2 a gradual increase in noise; the loudest point of a period of continuous noise
Voices rose in a crescendo and drowned him out. * There was a tremendous crescendo of noise. * The shrieks of laughter rose to a crescendo. * (figurative) The advertising campaign reached a crescendo just before Christmas.

Crescendo at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Crescendo \Cres*cen"do\ (kr?s-s?n"d?; It. kr?-sh?n"d?), a. &
adv. [It., from crescere to increase. See {Crescent}.] (Mus.)
With a constantly increasing volume of voice; with gradually
increasing strength and fullness of tone; -- a direction for
the performance of music, indicated by the mark, or by
writing the word on the score.

Crescendo \Cres*cen"do\, n. (Mus.)
(a) A gradual increase in the strength and fullness of tone
with which a passage is performed.
(b) A passage to be performed with constantly increasing
volume of tone.

crescendo at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : gradually increasing in volume
n : (music) a gradual increase in loudness
v : grow louder; "The music crescendoes here" [ant: {decrescendo}]
[also: {crescendi} (pl)]

crescendo at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: also » Crescendo


Inter: was wotd » 2009|March|31

Alternative forms

* cresc.


Inter: borrowing » it|crescendo, gerund of Inter: term » crescere||to grow, to increase|lang=it


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /kɹɪˈʃɛn.dəʊ/|/kɹəˈʃɛn.dəʊ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /krI"SEn.d@U/|/kr@"SEn.d@U/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /kɹɪˈʃɛn.doʊ/|/kɹəˈʃɛn.doʊ/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /krI"SEn.doU/|/kr@"SEn.doU/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-crescendo.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: hyphenation » cres|cen|do


    Category: File - :Music-crescendo.svg|thumb|right|90px|Crescendo notation.

  • Inter: en-noun » pl2=crescendi|pl3=crescendoes
  • Inter: musi » c An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left ( < ).
    1. Inter: figurativel » y A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.
    2. : Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.
    3. Inter: figuratively » nonstandard The climax of a gradual increase.
    4. : Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.
    5. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=October 20
    |author=Michael da Silva
    |title=Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv
    |work=BBC Sport
    |passage=With the Stoke supporters jeering Ziv's every subsequent touch, the pantomime atmosphere created by the home crowd reached a crescendo when Ziv was shown a straight red shortly after the break in extraordinary circumstances.

    Usage notes

    * The musical sense indicates that the figurative sense is an increase rather than the climax of the increase. The use of this word to mean the climax of an increase is nonstandard but commonplace.


    * Inter: sense » music decrescendo, diminuendo
    • Inter: sense » the climax of a gradual increase climax, conclusion


      Inter: trans-top » music: instruction to play gradually more loudly
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t- » bg|кресчендо|tr=kreschendo|sc=Cyrl
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|crescendo|n
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|crescendo
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|クレッシェンド|tr=kuresshendo|sc=Jpan
    • Latin: Inter: t- » la|crescens|alt=crēscēns

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|crescendo|n
  • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|крещендо|n|tr=kr'eš'éndo, Inter: t- » ru|крешендо|n|tr=kr'ešéndo
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|crescendo|m
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|crescendo|n

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » figuratively: gradual increase
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|crescendo
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|高まり|tr=takamari|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|crescens|alt=crēscēns
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|crescendo|m

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » climax of a gradual increase
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|最高潮|tr=saikōchō|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » cmn: Inter: qualifier » Simplified Chinese 渐强 / Inter: qualifier » Traditional Chinese 漸強 (jianqiang)
    • Inter: ttbc » de: Crescendo {{n}}

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Inter: ttbc » he: קרשנדו
  • Inter: ttbc » ko: 점강음 (jeomgangeum)

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-verb » crescendo|es
  • To increase in intensity, to reach or head for a crescendo.
    1. : The band crescendoed and then suddenly went silent.



    Inter: cs-noun » g=n
  • Inter: music » lang=cs crescendo

  • Italian


    From Inter: etyl » la|it Inter: term » crescendum|crēscendum|increasing, growing|lang=la, gerund of Inter: term » cresco|crēscō|lang=la


  • (gerund of crescere) growing, increasing


    Inter: it-noun » crescend|m|o|i

  • Inter: music » lang=it crescendo
    1. Inter: figuratively » lang=it crescendo


      * English: Inter: l » en|crescendo

  • Spanish: Inter: l » es|crescendo

  • Category: Category:Italian verb forms -



    Inter: la-part-form » crēscendō
  • Inter: inflection of » crescendus|crēscendus|dat|m|s|lang=la
    1. Inter: inflection of » crescendus|crēscendus|dat|n|s|lang=la
    2. Inter: inflection of » crescendus|crēscendus|abl|m|s|lang=la
    3. Inter: inflection of » crescendus|crēscendus|abl|n|s|lang=la



    crescendo {{n}}
  • Inter: music » lang=sv crescendo


    Inter: sv-noun-reg- » n

  • Translation: da » crescendo
    Translation: de » crescendo
    Translation: et » crescendo
    Translation: el » crescendo
    Translation: es » crescendo
    Translation: eo » crescendo
    Translation: fa » crescendo
    Translation: fr » crescendo
    Translation: ko » crescendo
    Translation: io » crescendo
    Translation: id » crescendo
    Translation: it » crescendo
    Translation: kn » crescendo
    Translation: mg » crescendo
    Translation: ja » crescendo
    Translation: pl » crescendo
    Translation: ru » crescendo
    Translation: fi » crescendo
    Translation: sv » crescendo
    Translation: ta » crescendo
    Translation: te » crescendo
    Translation: tr » crescendo
    Translation: vi » crescendo
    Translation: zh » crescendo

    Crescendo at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » crescendo



    Inter: de-noun » n|Crescendos|Crescendos
  • crescendo

  • Translation: id » Crescendo