crescendo

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crescendo

Music
a. a gradual increase in loudness or the musical direction or symbol indicating this
b. (as modifier): a crescendo passage
References in classic literature ?
You talked as if everything always went right with us all over the world, in a triumphant crescendo culminating in Hastings.
he said at length, having reached the culminating point of his crescendo, and knowing neither how to mount higher, nor to descend again.
The rest of the fight had already gone over the island, a wild crescendo of shots and yells and smashing uproar.