crescendo[ kri-shen-doh, -sen-doh; Italian kre-shen-daw ]SEE DEFINITION OF crescendo
Synonyms for crescendo
- critical mass
Antonyms for crescendo
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CRESCENDO
The crescendo of motors as he ran, sobbing now in fear, for the cover of the jungle.
Then his ears caught a crescendo of the whispering that he had heard before.
Her voice had a crescendo of vehemence up to this last name.
But that crescendo is well done; yes, that is most effective.
He felt the forces within him reach a crescendo at that moment.
The journals kept up their crescendo of inquiry and information.
Tim's laugh was allegro and crescendo at the first, and staccato at the close.
Farrow could only repeat each word in a crescendo of amazement.
The crescendo pedal, as it is called, is little used in England.
The rest of his sentence was lost in a crescendo bellow of sound.
1776 as a musical term, from Italian crescendo "increasing," from Latin crescendo, ablative of gerund of crescere "to increase" (see crescent). Figurative use is from 1785. As a verb, from 1900.