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noun 
  1. (music) An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left. Abbreviation: cresc. Symbol <
  2. (figuratively) A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.
Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.
  1. (context, figuratively, nonstandard) The climax of a gradual increase.
Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.
Etymology: Italian crescendo, gerund of crescere, to grow, to increase


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