American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Music Played with an accelerating tempo. Used chiefly as a direction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, pressing or accelerating the tempo: usually with a crescendo. Also incalzando.
- n. A passage in music to be played gradually faster; a section of music with in which the tempo slowly increases.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mus.) Urging or hastening the time, as to a climax.
- From Italian stringendo ("tightening"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, gerund of stringere, to draw tight, from Latin; see streig- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“_Accelerando_, _affrettando_ [Transcriber's Note: Corrected misspelling "affretando" in original] (this term implies some degree of excitement also), _stringendo_, _poco a poco animato_.”
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