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n. pl. ca·den·cies


n, pl -cies
1. the line of descent from a younger member of a family
2. another word for cadence


(ˈkeɪd ns)

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.
6. to make rhythmical.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza]
ca•den•tial (kəˈdɛn ʃəl) adj.
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Noun1.cadency - a recurrent rhythmical series
rhythmicity - the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music


The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music:
References in classic literature ?
And pray, sir second son, where is the cadency mark which should mark your rank.
Petro Poroshenko noted that there are still two years to come until the end of the present cadency, but the Parliament has already set an absolute record of effective voting on deprivation of parliamentary immunity.
This transaction broadens Trintech's suite of enterprise class Record-to-Report solutions as it moves to integrate its flagship cloud-based Cadency suite with Chesapeake's products.