- 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.
- to make rhythmical.
Origin of cadence
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Examples from the Web for cadence
His cadence is a steady beat rather than a roller coaster, and his words sparing and simple.What Would You Do if the World Was Over?
August 5, 2014
I remember the cadence of the radio transmissions between our vehicles.A Man to Believe In: Eulogy for Marine Master Sergeant Aaron Torian
March 5, 2014
It takes a little while to understand the cadence of this show.‘Michael J. Fox Show’ Creator: We’re Not Canceled…Yet
February 6, 2014
I feel like I can recognize the cadence, but I haven't been able to do it yet.David Gregory, Off the Air
January 7, 2010
I have brought men to dress you in a cadence; these kinds of suits are put on with ceremony.The Middle Class Gentleman
It regulated the juxtaposition of sounds and the cadence of sentences.Cratylus
May again sighed, and with a tremor in the cadence that was almost a sob.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
All his yearnings were fanned to flame by the cadence of her voice and the softness of her eyes.The Plunderer
It will be remarked that it is so free that there is no cadence that any musician could find.Confessions of a Book-Lover
Maurice Francis Egan
- 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 and History for cadence
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.).