from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Music With a gradual decrease in volume and often tempo. Used chiefly as a direction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Gradually diminishing in rapidity and loudness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, a direction to slacken the time and decrease the volume of tone gradually.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. gradually decreasing in tempo and volume
Italian, present participle of calare, to slacken, from Latin calāre, from Greek khalān.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)