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. noun
    (music) a gradual increase in loudness
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    types:
    swell
    a crescendo followed by a decrescendo
    type of:
    intensity, loudness, volume
    the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)
  2. verb
    grow louder
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    Antonyms:
    decrescendo
    grow quieter
    type of:
    increase
    become bigger or greater in amount
  3. adjective
    gradually increasing in volume
    Synonyms:
    increasing
    music
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