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Meaning of CADENCE

Pronunciation:  'keydns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a recurrent rhythmical series
  2. [n]  (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

CADENCE is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: beat, cadency, measure, meter
 See Also: common measure, common meter, foot, metrical foot, metrical unit, poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern, rhythmicity, scansion



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ca"dence\, n. [OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a
    falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza.
    See {Chance}.]
    1. The act or state of declining or sinking. [Obs.]
             Now was the sun in western cadence low. --Milton.
    2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at
       the end of a sentence.
    3. A rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as,
       music of bells in cadence sweet.
             Blustering winds, which all night long Had roused
             the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Seafaring men
             o'erwatched.                          --Milton.
             The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest
             cadence.                              --Sir W.
    4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse.
             Golden cadence of poesy.              --Shak.
             If in any composition much attention was paid to the
             flow of the rhythm, it was said (at least in the
             14th and 15th centuries) to be ``prosed in faire
             cadence.''                            --Dr. Guest.
    5. (Her.) See {Cadency}.
    6. (Man.) Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a
       well-managed horse.
    7. (Mil.) A uniform time and place in marching.
    8. (Mus.)
       (a) The close or fall of a strain; the point of rest,
           commonly reached by the immediate succession of the
           tonic to the dominant chord.
       (b) A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before
           the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with
           a flight of fancy.
    {Imperfect cadence}. (Mus.) See under {Imperfect}.
  2. \Ca"dence\, v. t.
    To regulate by musical measure.
          These parting numbers, cadenced by my grief. --Philips.
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