1. Music: a) a gradual, steady increase in loudness or force. b) a musical passage characterised by such an increase. c) the performance of a crescendo passage.

2. a steady increase in force or intensity.

3. the climactic point or moment in such an increase; peak.

[adjective & adverb]

4. gradually increasing in force, volume, or loudness (opposed to decrescendo or diminuendo ).


5. to grow in force or loudness.

Etymology: Italian, literally “growing”, from Latin crēscendum, gerund of crēscere, “to grow”.

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