- 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
Synonyms for cadence
Examples from the Web for cadencing
Historical Examples of 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for cadencing
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.).