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Definition of "accelerando" [ac•cel•er•an•do]

  • Gradually accelerating or quickening in time. Used chiefly as a direction. (adverb)
  • An accelerando passage or movement. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "accelerando" in a sentence
  • "“Well, there’s this thing I learned in music theory called accelerando,” I offered."
  • "  Finally, I get the flam paradiddle-diddles going and I begin my accelerando."
  • "  I'm fine with left-handed flam paradiddle-diddles because I'm right-handed, but Mrs. Karash expects me to alternate left and right, and to accelerando, until I'm playing flam paradiddle-diddles fast like syncopated rolls."
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