cadence

[ keyd-ns ]
/ ˈkeɪd ns /

noun Also cadency.

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

to make rhythmical.

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Origin of cadence

1350–1400; Middle English <Middle French <Italian cadenza;see cadenza
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British Dictionary definitions for cadence

cadence

cadency

/ (ˈkeɪdəns) /

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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