crescendo

In a crescendo, the music is getting louder. There's often a crescendo in a large group of talking people, too.

This word comes from classical music, where it's very important how loudly the instruments play. If a tuba is crescendoing at the wrong time, then a quiet piano part might not be heard at all. The crescendo is important in all kinds of music, because volume — how loud something is — is one of the main features of music. If you are whispering and gradually raise your voice and then end up shouting, that's a crescendo as well.

Definitions of crescendo
1

n (music) a gradual increase in loudness

Types:
swell
a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
Type of:
intensity, loudness, volume
the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

v grow louder

Antonyms:
decrescendo
grow quieter
Type of:
increase
become bigger or greater in amount

adj gradually increasing in volume

Synonyms:
increasing
music

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