Definition of Cadence

1. Noun. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse.

Exact synonyms: Beat, Measure, Meter, Metre
Category relationships: Metrics, Prosody
Generic synonyms: Poetic Rhythm, Prosody, Rhythmic Pattern
Specialized synonyms: Catalexis, Scansion, Common Measure, Common Meter, Foot, Metrical Foot, Metrical Unit
Derivative terms: Metrical, Metrical

2. Noun. The close of a musical section.
Generic synonyms: Musical Passage, Passage
Specialized synonyms: Amen Cadence, Plagal Cadence

3. Noun. A recurrent rhythmical series.
Exact synonyms: Cadency
Generic synonyms: Rhythmicity
Derivative terms: Cadent, Cadent

Definition of Cadence

1. n. The act or state of declining or sinking.

2. v. t. To regulate by musical measure.

Definition of Cadence

1. Proper noun. (given name female from=English) from the word cadence, taken to use in the 2000s. ¹

2. Noun. Balanced, rhythmic flow. ¹

3. Noun. The measure or beat of movement. ¹

4. Noun. The general inflection or modulation of the voice. ¹

5. Noun. (music) A progression of at least two chords which conclude a piece of music, section or musical phrases within it. Sometimes referred to analogously as musical punctuation. ¹

6. Noun. (context: speech) A fall in inflection of a speaker’s voice, such as at the end of a sentence. ¹

7. Noun. (dance) A dance move which ends a phrase. ¹

8. Noun. (fencing) The rhythm and sequence of a series of actions. ¹

9. Noun. (context: running) The number of steps per minute. ¹

10. Noun. (cycling) The number of revolutions per minute of the cranks or pedals of a bicycle. ¹

11. Noun. (military) A chant that is sung by military personnel while running or marching; a jody call. ¹

12. Verb. To give a cadence to. ¹

13. Verb. To give structure to. ¹

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Definition of Cadence

1. to make rhythmic [v -DENCED, -DENCING, -DENCES]

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Literary usage of Cadence

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1. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"cadence, i. A close in melody or harmony, dividing it into numbers or periods, ... cadence, authentic. A perfect or final cadence ; the harmony of the ..."

2. The Homophonic Forms of Musical Composition: An Exhaustive Treatise on the by Percy Goetschius (1898)
"60, which review), in which the "cadence" disappears altogether by the overlapping of the contiguous members. See MENDELSSOHN, Prelude op. 35, No. ..."

3. University Musical Encyclopedia by Louis Charles Elson (1912)
"cadence is employed in music to bring a strain of melody or harmonic phrase to its ... A Perfect cadence is one which first defines the key, sounding the ..."

4. Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of Music by William Smythe Babcock Mathews, Emil Liebling (1896)
"cadence, half. A cadence that is imperfect ; a close ou the dominant. ... cadence-marks. Short lines placed perpendicularly to indicate the cadence-notes in ..."

5. A Manual of Harmony by Salomon Jadassohn (1893)
"This cadence is necessary in order to establish the new key, ... On the Closing cadence.* §67. The forms of close necessary to finish a piece of music are ..."

6. Mental Science: A Compendium of Psychology, and the History of Philosophy by Alexander Bain (1870)
"The Ear for cadence is probably a sense partaking both of the musical and the ... The fine sense of cadence stores the mind with many strains or melodies of ..."

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