[ 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), 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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Examples from the Web for cadencing
The cadencing of a musical phrase in Hawaiian song was marked by a peculiarity all its own.Unwritten Literature of Hawaii|Nathaniel Bright Emerson
The six-four chord may be used at the close as the cadencing tonic six-four chord.A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons|Friedrich J. Lehmann
British Dictionary definitions for cadencing
/ (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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