from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. With gradually diminishing force or loudness. Used chiefly as a direction.
- n. A gradual decrease in force or loudness.
- n. A decrescendo passage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An instruction to play gradually more softly.
- v. To gradually become quieter
- adj. becoming quieter gradually.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- With decreasing volume of sound; -- a direction to performers, either written upon the staff (abbreviated Dec., or Decresc.), or indicated by the sign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a gradual diminution of force; a passing from loud to soft: opposed to crescendo, and the same as diminuendo: often indicated by decres., dec., or the sign ⟩.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. gradually decreasing in volume
- n. (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
- v. grow quieter
Italian, gerund of decrescere, to decrease, from Latin dēcrēscere; see decrease.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian decrescendo. (Wiktionary)