from The American Heritage® 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 stringendo ("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_.