Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Gradually accelerating or quickening in time. Used chiefly as a direction.
  • n. An accelerando passage or movement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tempo mark directing that a passage is to be played at an increasing speed.
  • n. A passage having this mark.
  • adv. with a gradual increase in speed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Gradually accelerating the movement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With gradual increase of speed: a direction in music, indicating that a passage is to be played with increasing rapidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with increasing speed
  • adj. gradually increasing in tempo
  • n. a gradually increasing tempo of music

Etymologies

Italian, present participle of accelerare, to hasten, from Latin accelerāre; see accelerate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from Italian accelerando, from Latin accelero. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Well, there’s this thing I learned in music theory called accelerando,” I offered.

    I slept with Joey Ramone

  •   Finally, I get the flam paradiddle-diddles going and I begin my accelerando.

    Moe Tucker

  •   I'm fine with left-handed flam paradiddle-diddles because I'm right-handed, but Mrs. Karash expects me to alternate left and right, and to accelerando, until I'm playing flam paradiddle-diddles fast like syncopated rolls.

    Moe Tucker

  •   She uses fat marching sticks, her hands arthritic, weightless flam paradiddle-diddles tossed off left and right, her accelerando poised and controlled.

    Moe Tucker

  • Unsatisifed, i nixed two of the segments and kept the accelerando and started fiddling with its placement.

    breaking in the new blog

  • I'm fine with left-handed flam paradiddle-diddles because I'm right-handed, but Mrs. Karash expects me to alternate left and right, and to accelerando, until I'm playing flam paradiddle-diddles fast like syncopated rolls.

    Moe Tucker

  • Finally, I get the flam paradiddle-diddles going and I begin my accelerando.

    Moe Tucker

  • She uses fat marching sticks, her hands arthritic, weightless flam paradiddle-diddles tossed off left and right, her accelerando poised and controlled.

    Moe Tucker

  • According to accelerando. org, Accelerando will be available as an eBook under a Creative Commons license in June.

    May 2005

  • Accelerando is now available for downloading from www. accelerando.org.

    Accelerando

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