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(plural crescendos or crescendi /-dē/) Music a gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music. Music a passage of music marked to be performed with a gradual increase of loudness. the loudest point reached in a gradually increasing sound:Debra’s voice was rising to a crescendo a progressive increase in force or intensity:a crescendo of misery the most intense point reached in this; a climax:the negative reviews reached a crescendo in mid-February
adverb & adjective Music
with a gradual increase in loudness: [as adjective]:a short crescendo kettledrum roll
verb (crescendoes, crescendoing, crescendoed) [no object]
increase in loudness or intensity:the reluctant cheers began to crescendo
in the middle.