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[keyd-nst] /ˈkeɪd nst/
having or marked by a rhythmical cadence:
the cadenced steps of marching troops.
1780-90; cadence + -ed3
Related forms
noncadenced, adjective
uncadenced, adjective


[keyd-ns] /ˈkeɪd ns/
noun, Also, cadency
rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words:
the cadence of language.
(in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that is nonmetrically structured.
the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement:
The chorus line danced in rapid cadence.
the flow or rhythm of events, especially the pattern in which something is experienced:
the frenetic cadence of modern life.
a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking or reading, as at the end of a declarative sentence.
the general modulation of the voice.
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.
to make rhythmical.
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza; see cadenza
3. tempo, pulse, rhythm, meter. Unabridged
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  • With no interruptions from cars or rocks, the sensual pleasures of still water and cadenced pedal strokes take hold.
  • Unlike the griots, his singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies.
  • Operating within the broader area of fiction, he was to retain the cadenced precision of the poet.
  • Deathly pauses precede the cadenced lines of dialogue, and the actors are so meticulous you can hear the quotation marks.
  • The stonework of the exterior and the public areas is beautiful and artfully cadenced to reflect the site's historic origins.
  • Lush, cadenced and often disconcerting, this is an accomplished first effort.
  • Their cadenced tread stirs no dust, but whispers a silent song.
British Dictionary definitions for cadenced


noun (pl) -dences, -dencies
the beat or measure of something rhythmic
a fall in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
modulation of the voice; intonation
a rhythm or rhythmic construction in verse or prose; measure
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 cadenced



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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Encyclopedia Article for cadenced


in music, the ending of a phrase, perceived as a rhythmic or melodic articulation or a harmonic change or all of these; in a larger sense, a cadence may be a demarcation of a half-phrase, of a section of music, or of an entire movement

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