|Origin:||'growing', from Latin crescendum, from crescere; CRESCENT|
cre‧scen‧do plural crescendos [countable]
if a sound or a piece of music rises to a crescendo, it gradually becomes louder until it is very loud [≠ diminuendo]:
The shouting rose to a deafening crescendo.
The curtains opened as the music reached a crescendo.
if an activity or feeling reaches a crescendo, it gradually becomes stronger until it is very strong:
The campaign reached its crescendo in the week of the election.