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 ?
For Anne the real excitement began with the dismissal of school and increased therefrom in crescendo until it reached to a crash of positive ecstasy in the concert itself.
The April baby will be six next month, and, after her sixth birthday is passed, we are liable at any moment to receive a visit from a school inspector, who will inquire curiously into the state of her education, and, if it is not up to the required standard, all sorts of fearful things might happen to the guilty parents, probably beginning with fines, and going on crescendo to dungeons if, owing to gaps between governesses and difficulties in finding the right one, we persisted in our evil courses.
Slight puffs came and went, and whenever they were strong enough to wake up the black water the murmur alongside ran through my very heart in a delicate crescendo of delight and died away swiftly.
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.