American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music Decrescendo.
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.
- n. music A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played gradually more softly
- n. music A passage having this mark
- adv. music played in this style
- adj. music describing a passage having this mark
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. (Mus.) In a gradually diminishing manner; with abatement of tone; decrescendo; -- expressed on the staff by
Dim., or Dimin., or the sign.
- adj. gradually decreasing in volume
- n. (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
- Italian (Wiktionary)
- Italian, present participle of diminuire, to diminish, from Latin dīminuere; see diminish. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Her diminuendo is the non plus ultra that can be heard; her portamento wonderfully fine; her chromatic scales, especially toward the upper part of her voice, unrivalled.”
“The second team, led by researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK, examined a new line of mice, called diminuendo, that showed progressive hearing loss from an early age.”
“The most magical moments revealed the possibilities for crescendo and diminuendo as a gee-whiz technological advance: Bezuidenhout let the close of the Variations toll ever softer, until it simply dissolved into the white noise of passing traffic.”
“Nay, it was not until I banged the washboard against my hand and the two objects made a diminuendo like the crystal bells one found in the windows of rich folk that I noticed a change.”
“Thus also in the sports which have made us happiest and been recollected as folk and individual memories, the particular occasions in which great deeds were done by great heroes, even, in a diminuendo, done by oneself, were then gathered into the collectivity of family or national storytelling.”
“One day Gert played even more poorly than usual at her lesson, and when Mr. Auer scolded her for not heeding the diminuendo and fortepiano, she confessed, in fits and starts, her dilemma.”
“I walked away while playing it -- the only way you can do a diminuendo on the pipes: no volume control.”
“And if her low register was occasionally underpowered near the end, she made up for it with a dramatic diminuendo/crescendo combination on her final, effortlessly floated high note.”
“The subtle tones of the vibraphone and bass meshed well with the trumpet chime-ins, and each crescendo and diminuendo could be felt by the sway of the audience.”
“Although I have noticed a distinct diminuendo in posting ever since this Meade business was announced.”
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