Meaning of decrescendo

de•cre•scen•do

Pronunciation: (dē"kri-shen'dō, dā"-It.de"kre-shen'dô), [key]
— adj., adv., n., pl. -dos, -di
—adj., adv.
  1. gradually reducing force or loudness; diminuendo (opposed to crescendo).
—n.
  1. a gradual reduction in force or loudness.
  2. a decrescendo passage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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