diminuendo

[dih-min-yoo-en-doh] Music.
adjective, adverb
1.
gradually reducing in force or loudness; decrescendo (opposed to crescendo ).
noun, plural diminuendoes.
2.
a gradual reduction of force or loudness.
3.
a diminuendo passage. Symbol: >

Origin:
1765–75; < Italian, present participle of diminuire; see diminish

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diminuendo (dɪˌmɪnjʊˈɛndəʊ)
 
n , pl -dos
1.  a.  dim, a gradual decrease in loudness or the musical direction indicating this
 b.  a musical passage affected by a diminuendo
 
adj
2.  gradually decreasing in loudness
3.  with a diminuendo
 
[C18: from Italian, from diminuire to diminish]

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diminuendo
1775, from It. diminuendo "lessening, diminishing," prp. of diminuire, from L. deminuere (see diminish).
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Any mental activity is accompanied by a ceaseless crescendo and diminuendo of background processing.
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