cre·scen·do[kri-shen-doh, -sen-doh; It. kre-shen-daw] Show IPAnoun, plural -dos, -di [-dee] Show IPA, adjective, adverb, verb
a gradual, steady increase in loudness or force.
a musical passage characterized by such an increase.
the performance of a crescendo passage: The crescendoby the violins is too abrupt.
a steady increase in force or intensity: The rain fell in acrescendo on the rooftops.
the climactic point or moment in such an increase; peak: Theauthorities finally took action when public outrage reached acrescendo.
–verb (used without object)
to grow in force or loudness.