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Definition of the noun decrescendo

What does decrescendo mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: decrescendos / decrescendi (less preferred form)

  1. (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of decrescendo: diminuendo
    • more generic word: softness = a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

Alternative definition of the noun decrescendo


  1. [music] An instruction to play gradually more softly.

Definition of the adjective decrescendo

What does decrescendo mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. (music) gradually decreasing in volume

Alternative definition of the adjective decrescendo


  1. becoming quieter gradually.

Definition of the verb decrescendo

What does decrescendo mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: | decrescendos

  1. grow quieter
    • example: The music decrescendoes here
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • antonym: crescendo
    • more generic words: decrease / diminish / fall / lessen = decrease in size, extent, or range


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Google previewAn Encyclopedia of the Violin (1966)

by Alberto Bachmann

Play this simply yet with feeling, making a slight crescendo at measure 25 and a decrescendo at measure 26. The variation which develops up to measure 1 of the fifth period should be presented without ostentation. 5 Many violinists give this ...

Google previewThe Harvard Dictionary of Music (2003)

by Don Michael Randel

Becoming softer, decrescendo [see Crescendo, decrescendo\. Diminution. See Augmentation and diminution; Diminutions. Diminutions. Also *divisions, *coloratura, passages.

Google previewThe Hutchinson Concise Dictionary of Music (2014)

by Barrie Jones

decrescendo, or decresc. (Italian ' decreasing') in musical notation, indicating a decrease in the loudness of a passage by ...

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

by Theodore Libbey

decrescendo (It.) Becoming less loud. A decrescendo is often ...

Google previewTaber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (2017)

by Donald Venes

decrescendo (da ̄kre ̆-shen do ̄, de ̄) [Italian decrescendo, decreasing] Of heart murmurs, gradually becoming softer or quieter. decriminalize (de ̄krimı ...

Google previewThe Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary (Music Instruction) (1993)

by Hal Leonard Corp.

Crescendo Decrescendo Diminuendo Messa di Voce Gradually Becoming Louder Gradually Becoming Softer Gradually Becoming Softer Becoming Louder, Then Softer Guitar Tablature Notation Guide In tablature ("lab") notation, the lines 22l ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Musical Terms (1876)

by John Stainer

Decrescendo (It.) Decreasing gradually the volume of tone. Indicated in music by the abbreviations Dec., Decres., or the sign Decuplet. A group of ten notes played in the time of eight or four. " Dedication. An address or inscription to a patron or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1890)

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

[CH-H-P DECRESCENDO, decreasing— the opposfo of crescendo — consists in gradually lessening the tone from loud to soft. It is also expressed by dec., decresc, and by the sign ~ — . Whether there was originally any difference between ...

Google previewGrove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1904)

by Sir George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland

Whether there was originally any difference between decrescendo and diminuendo or not, at present the two terms appear to be convertible. There is a splendid instance of the thing, where both words are used, at the end of the first section of ...

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