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calando

[kah-lahn-doh] /kɑˈlɑn doʊ/
adjective
1.
becoming slower and softer; dying away.
adverb
2.
in a slower, softer manner.
Origin
1850-1855
probably earlier than 1850-55; < Italian: slackening < Latin calandum, gerund of calāre to let down < Greek chalân to loosen, slacken
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British Dictionary definitions for calando

calando

/kəˈlændəʊ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) (to be performed) with gradually decreasing tone and speed
Word Origin
Italian: dropping, from calare to lower, to drop
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