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Definition of the noun accelerando

What does accelerando mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accelerandos

  1. a gradually increasing tempo of music
    • example: my ear will not accept such violent accelerandos
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • more generic words: pacing / tempo = the speed at which a composition is to be played

Alternative definition of the noun accelerando


  1. [music] A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played at an increasing speed.
  2. [music] A passage having this mark.

Definition of the adjective accelerando

What does accelerando mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. (music) gradually increasing in tempo

Alternative definition of the adjective accelerando


  1. [music] describing a passage having this mark

Definition of the adverb accelerando

What does accelerando mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. with increasing speed
    • example: here you must play accelerando
    • domain: music


  1. "Accelerando" is a composition.
  2. "Accelerando" is a musical album of Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd.
    • released on (12 years ago)


"Accelerando" is a 2005 science fiction novel consisting of a series of interconnected short stories by British author Charles Stross. As well as normal hardback and paperback editions, it was released as a free e-book under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives license. Accelerando won the Locus Award in 2006, and was nominated for several other awards in 2005 and 2006, including the Hugo, Campbell, Clarke, and British Science Fiction Association Awards.


Accelerando is an album by pianist Vijay Iyer recorded in 2011 and released on the ACT label in 2012.

  • genre: Jazz
  • released in (4 years ago)

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Google previewAmerican History and Encyclopedia of Music (1910)

by William Lines Hubbard

crescendo poco a poco accelerando kre-shen'-do po'-ko a po'-ko at- cha-le-ran'-do) It. Gradually growing louder and faster. crescendo poco a poco al forte ed un pochettino accelerando (kre-shen'- ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of the Violin (2013)

by Alberto Bachmann

Accelerando. Accomp. Accompaniment. Ad lib. Ad libitum. A110. Allegretto. Al seg. Al segno. Gantab. Cantabile. Con exp. Con expressione. Ores. or Gresc. Crescendo. D.G. Da capo. Decres. or Decresc. Decrescendo. Dim. Diminuendo. Div.

Google previewThe NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music (2006)

by Theodore Libbey

accelerando (It.) Becoming faster. A particularly ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Music (2013)

by Michael Kennedy, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Joyce Kennedy

accelerando, as found particularly in Elgar's scores. accel. accelerando. ad lib. ad libitum. A.S. al segno. Br. Bratsche(n) [Ger.]: viola(s). C contralto, as in SCTB. c.a. coll' arco. CB contrabassi [It.]: string double basses. cresc.

Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

ACADEMY ACCELERANDO two types: (a) Learned societies founded for the promotion of science, literature, and the arts, part of whose activity was the encouragement and cultivation of music. The most famous of these was the A. dei Arcadi ...

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

progressively gradually decrease taper gradually disappear fade gradually disappearing obsolescent gradually enervate sap gradually increase in speed accelerando gradually quicken accelerando, stringendo gradually reduce in speed ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1890)

(A.D. 1450-1889) by Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland

A gradual increase of speed is indicated by the word accelerando or stringcndo, a gradual slackening by rallentando or ritardando. All such effects being proportional, every bar and indeed every note should as a rule take its ...

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Scrabble value of A1C3C3E1L1E1R1A1N1D2O1

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