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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cadence or cadency (ˈkeɪdəns)
n , 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
[C14: from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally: a falling, from Latin cadere to fall]
cadency or cadency
[C14: from Old French, from Old Italian cadenza, literally: a falling, from Latin cadere to fall]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "flow of rhythm in verse or music," from M.Fr. cadence, O.It. cadenza "conclusion of a movement in music," lit. "a falling," from V.L. *cadentia, from L. neut. pl. of cadens (gen. cadentis), prp. of cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). In 16c., sometimes used literally
for "an act of falling."
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Example sentences
Good writers agonize over word choice, listen for sounds and rhythms, craft
  with care the cadences of their sentences.
In the speed-matched data, higher cadences were observed in the subjects with
  amputations compared with the nondisabled controls.
It provides instructions, gives you start and stop commands, and supplies the
  cadences you will follow.
Speaking skills honed during countless stump speeches were evident in his
  spellbinding cadences.
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