Etymology
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crescendo (n.)

"a gradual increasing in force or loudness," 1776 as a musical term, from Italian crescendo "increasing," from Latin crescendo, ablative of gerund of crescere "to increase, grow" (from PIE root *ker- (2) "to grow"). Figurative use is from 1785. As a verb, from 1900.

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Definitions of crescendo
1
crescendo (v.)
grow louder;
2
crescendo (n.)
(music) a gradual increase in loudness;
3
crescendo (adj.)
(music) gradually increasing in volume;
From wordnet.princeton.edu