• WordNet 3.6
    • adj decrescendo gradually decreasing in volume
    • v decrescendo grow quieter "The music decrescendoes here"
    • n decrescendo (music) a gradual decrease in loudness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & adv Decrescendo (Mus) With decreasing volume of sound; -- a direction to performers, either written upon the staff (abbreviated Dec., or Decresc.), or indicated by the sign.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n decrescendo In music, a gradual diminution of force; a passing from loud to soft: opposed to crescendo, and the same as diminuendo: often indicated by decres., dec., or the sign ⟩.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Decrescendo (mus.) = Diminuendo (q.v.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary


In literature:

He made a decrescendo tinkling, and his lofty features lapsed into their normal mournfulness.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
A descending passage, as a return to tranquillity, requires a decrescendo.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore