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

  • adj. Music Played with an accelerating tempo. Used chiefly as a direction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A passage in music to be played gradually faster; a section of music with in which the tempo slowly increases.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Urging or hastening the time, as to a climax.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, pressing or accelerating the tempo: usually with a crescendo. Also incalzando.


Italian, gerund of stringere, to draw tight, from Latin; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian stringendoĀ ("tightening"). (Wiktionary)


  • _Accelerando_, _affrettando_ [Transcriber's Note: Corrected misspelling "affretando" in original] (this term implies some degree of excitement also), _stringendo_, _poco a poco animato_.

    Music Notation and Terminology


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  • Funny, I've never heard this direction before.

    October 11, 2007

  • pushing together.
    i love that.

    October 11, 2007