coda

[koh-duh]
noun
1.
Music. a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.
2.
Ballet. the concluding section of a ballet, especially the final part of a pas de deux.
3.
a concluding section or part, especially one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.
4.
anything that serves as a concluding part.
5.
Phonetics. the segment of a syllable following the nucleus, as the d- sound in good. Compare core ( def 14 ), onset ( def 3 ).

Origin:
1745–55; < Italian < Latin cauda tail; cf. queue

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coda (ˈkəʊdə)
 
n
1.  music the final, sometimes inessential, part of a musical structure
2.  a concluding part of a literary work, esp a summary at the end of a novel of further developments in the lives of the characters
 
[C18: from Italian: tail, from Latin cauda]

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coda
1753, from L. cauda "a tail."
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coda definition


An ending to a piece of music, standing outside the formal structure of the piece. Coda is the Italian word for “tail.”

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CoDA
Co-Dependents Anonymous
CODA
Children of Deaf Adults
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coda

in musical composition, a concluding section (typically at the end of a sonata movement) that is based, as a general rule, on extensions or reelaborations of thematic material previously heard.

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Example sentences
The rest are free to idle through a brief coda to their long subterranean lives.
Frank to provide the coda undermines the whole debate.
Usually this kind of coda stands apart from the book's substance.
However, coda is in the process of accrediting all dental anesthesiology
  programs.
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