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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crescendo gradually increasing in volume
    • v crescendo grow louder "The music crescendoes here"
    • n crescendo (music) a gradual increase in loudness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Crescendo (Mus) A gradual increase in the strength and fullness of tone with which a passage is performed.
    • a. & adv Crescendo (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crescendo In music, gradually increasing in force or loudness; swelling. Often abbreviated to cres. or cresc., or represented by the character .
    • crescendo The swell pedal.
    • n crescendo A passage characterized by increase of force.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Crescendo kres-en′dō (mus.) gradually increasing in force or loudness
    • n Crescendo a passage marked by this.—Often cres., cresc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., from crescere, to increase. See Crescent


In literature:

Again it subsides into pianissimo, and again the crescendo.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
In the last line with its crescendo of peace and happiness one almost sees the night merge into the final rest.
"Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark" by Jens Christian Aaberg
In sad labour they drew near the suspension bridge, to a crescendo accompaniment on the police whistle.
"" by E.W. Hornung
In a few moments it reached a crescendo; everyone near by was transfixed with awe.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
With a crescendo whistle of sundered air the projectile flashed upward into the western sky.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
A fugue may be called a mighty crescendo, like the sound of many waters.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
The fire was humming away in a steady crescendo, punctuated by confused shouts of many men.
"Gold" by Stewart White
From Dunstable I rolled away into a crescendo of similar impressions.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The screams of terror and agony were a crescendo drowning the whine of the ships overhead.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
The hoofbeats of horse and rohorse crescendoed; there was the resounding clang!
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
The music was growing quicker and louder, working up gradually but surely into a breathless crescendo that meant the end of the dance.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
The crescendo of love's young dream had passed.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
When the swift crescendo had reached its climax, the missiles zipped just overhead, as if piercing an invisible curtain.
"The Little Regiment" by Stephen Crane
Then Apeman charged, bellowing a shrill crescendo that was half human, half simian.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
She had caught them in a crescendo of stupor.
"Eden" by Edgar Saltus
It rose to a crescendo in New York where the paths of the star men met.
"Assassin" by Jesse Franklin Bone
The vast commotion of those solitudes has its gamut, a terrible crescendo.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Suddenly the mounting crescendo stilled, as action on the arena sands seemed imminent.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
At that moment, from the north, came a sudden crescendo of the weird invader wailings.
"Deadly City" by Paul W. Fairman
Sound and light rose in storming crescendos, beyond sight and beyond hearing.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen

In poetry:

List the harp in window wailing
Stirred by fitful gales from sea:
Shrieking up in mad crescendo--
Dying down in plaintive key!
"The Aeolian Harp" by Herman Melville

In news:

Witnesses recount deadly crescendo of alleged robbing crew's 2010 crime spree.
Unsteady and underdeveloped, chamber-music drama A Late Quartet fails to crescendo.
Unsteady and underdeveloped, chamber-music drama A Late Quartet fails to crescendo.
The music — rather, the four-on-the-floor beat — crescendoes as the entrance to Trace nears, courtesy of speakers hidden above the door.
But it was expected it'd be from the media, talk show hosts, blogosphere and politicians, building in a crescendo that'd end on Election Day.
Central Cali 's Coast Crescendo.
The trademark trucks making pickups and deliveries are starting to appear on area streets and driveways in greater numbers as the Christmas rush builds to a crescendo.
The latest government crop yield predictions may give grain farmers cause for optimism as the harvest season reaches its crescendo in Iowa, corn and soybean experts at Iowa State University (ISU) say this week.
The work of top Maine craftsmen reaches a crescendo in an elaborate new home in Southport.
It's the staple of porn and an element of Americana so pervasive that it has become a term to describe any crescendo in pop culture, from a game-winning basket by Kobe Bryant to an emphatic punch line by Sarah Palin.
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With only 24 hours left to vote, the heated semifinal battle is finally coming to its crescendo.
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In science:

The last ten years have seen a crescendo of discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of the process by which the tiny graininess seen in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) resulted in the formation of galaxies.
Formation of Spheroidal Galaxies: The Sub-MM View