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cadence

[keyd-ns] /ˈkeɪd ns/
noun, Also, cadency
1.
rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words:
the cadence of language.
2.
(in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that is nonmetrically structured.
3.
the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement:
The chorus line danced in rapid cadence.
4.
the flow or rhythm of events, especially the pattern in which something is experienced:
the frenetic cadence of modern life.
5.
a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking or reading, as at the end of a declarative sentence.
6.
the general modulation of the voice.
7.
Music. a sequence of notes or chords that indicates the momentary or complete end of a composition, section, phrase, etc.
verb (used with object), cadenced, cadencing.
8.
to make rhythmical.
Origin of cadence
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza; see cadenza
Synonyms
3. tempo, pulse, rhythm, meter.
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cadence

/ˈkeɪdəns/
noun (pl) -dences, -dencies
1.
the beat or measure of something rhythmic
2.
a fall in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
3.
modulation of the voice; intonation
4.
a rhythm or rhythmic construction in verse or prose; measure
5.
the close of a musical phrase or section
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally: a falling, from Latin cadere to fall
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Word Origin and History for cadence
n.

late 14c., "flow of rhythm in verse or music," from Middle French cadence, from Old Italian cadenza "conclusion of a movement in music," literally "a falling," from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from neuter plural of Latin cadens, present participle of cadere "to fall" (see case (n.1)). In 16c., sometimes used literally for "an act of falling." A doublet of chance (n.).

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