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n. pl. ca·denc·es
1. Balanced, rhythmic flow, as of poetry or oratory.
2. The measure or beat of movement, as in dancing or marching.
a. A falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence.
b. General inflection or modulation of the voice.
4. Music A progression of chords moving to a harmonic close, point of rest, or sense of resolution.
[Middle English, from Old French *cadence, from Old Italian cadenza, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, a falling, from Latin cadēns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.]
n, pl -dences or -dencies
1. the beat or measure of something rhythmic
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) a fall in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) modulation of the voice; intonation
4. (Poetry) a rhythm or rhythmic construction in verse or prose; measure
5. (Music, other) the close of a musical phrase or section
[C14: from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally: a falling, from Latin cadere to fall]
n., v. -denced, -denc•ing. n.
1. rhythmic flow of sounds or words.
2. the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement.
3. the flow or rhythm of events.
4. a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking.
5. a sequence of musical chords moving toward a harmonic point of rest or closing.v.t.
6. to make rhythmical.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza]
ca•den•tial (kəˈdɛn ʃəl) adj.
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|Noun||1.||cadence - (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse|
catalexis - the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
scansion - analysis of verse into metrical patterns
|2.||cadence - the close of a musical section|
|3.||cadence - a recurrent rhythmical series|
rhythmicity - the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music