cadence

[keyd-ns]

noun Also cadency.

verb (used with object), ca·denced, ca·denc·ing.

to make rhythmical.

Origin of cadence

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Italian cadenza; see cadenza

Synonyms for cadence

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Contemporary Examples of cadence

Historical Examples of cadence

  • I have brought men to dress you in a cadence; these kinds of suits are put on with ceremony.

  • There was a cadence, or sort of chant, in her delivery; but with the most perfect quietness of manner.

    First Impressions of the New World

    Isabella Strange Trotter

  • Every cadence and vibration of that voice was to him enchantment—he could not choose but pause.

    The Cock and Anchor

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • He made Kim learn whole chapters of the Koran by heart, till he could deliver them with the very roll and cadence of a mullah.

    Kim

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Every blessing of life is theirs; every cadence that affection knows makes harmony in their words.

    Idle Hour Stories

    Eugenia Dunlap Potts



British Dictionary definitions for cadence

cadence

cadency

noun plural -dences or -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 for cadence

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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