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[keyd-nst] /ˈkeɪd nst/
having or marked by a rhythmical cadence:
the cadenced steps of marching troops.
Origin of cadenced
First recorded in 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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cadenced
Historical Examples
  • Verses, rhymes, lines metrical and cadenced—those are my dissipation.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • A volume of poems, lines metrical and cadenced; something by a sound Victorian.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • While still very young, he has often cadenced their steps to the chords of his piano.

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
  • A few minutes in cadenced marching and then the command, “Rout step–March!”

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • A voice—the soft, cadenced voice of the negro—addressed him.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • The step was rhythmic, cadenced, and undulating; the whole form swayed by graceful wavings and harmonious balancings.

    Life of Chopin Franz Liszt
  • Men pay it for a tender phrase Set in a cadenced rhyme: I keep it as a crown of praise To crown the kings of time.

    Legends and Lyrics: First Series Adelaide Anne Procter
  • He then put his fingers in his mouth, and imitated with rare skill the soft and cadenced note of the maukawis.

  • "T'e most beautiful—voman—in t'e vorld," he went on in a slow, cadenced whisper.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • The fresh morning breeze flutters gently through the tall grass, which it bends by its light and cadenced movements.

    The Guide of the Desert

    Gustave Aimard
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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