de crescendo

decrescendo

[dee-kri-shen-doh, dey-; Italian de-kre-shen-daw] Music.
adjective, adverb
1.
gradually reducing force or loudness; diminuendo (opposed to crescendo ).
noun, plural decrescendos Italian, decrescendi [de-kre-shen-dee] .
2.
a gradual reduction in force or loudness.
3.
a decrescendo passage.

Origin:
1800–10; < Italian, gerund of decrescere; see decrease

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decrescendo (ˌdiːkrɪˈʃɛndəʊ)
 
n, —adj
another word for diminuendo
 
[Italian, from decrescere to decrease]

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decrescendo
1806, from It. decrescendo, from L. decrescere (see decrease).
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