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  1. An instruction to play gradually more loudly, denoted by a long, narrow angle with its apex on the left ( < ).
  2. A gradual increase of anything, especially to a dramatic climax.
    Their fighting rose in a fearsome crescendo.
  3. The climax of a gradual increase.
    Their arguing rose to a fearsome crescendo.

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