from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Music Decrescendo.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played gradually more softly
- n. A passage having this mark
- adv. played in this style
- adj. describing a passage having this mark
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. In a gradually diminishing manner; with abatement of tone; decrescendo; -- expressed on the staff by Dim., or Dimin., or the sign.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In music, an instruction to the performer to lessen the volume of sound: often indicated by dim., dimin., or by the sign : the opposite of crescendo.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. gradually decreasing in volume
- n. (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
Italian, present participle of diminuire, to diminish, from Latin dīminuere; see diminish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)