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cadence


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cadence  \Ca"dence\,  n.  [OE.  cadence,  cadens,  LL  cadentia  a 
  falling,  fr  L.  cadere  to  fall;  cf  F.  cadence,  It  cadenza. 
  See  {Chance}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  state  of  declining  or  sinking.  [Obs.] 
 
  Now  was  the  sun  in  western  cadence  low  --Milton. 
 
  2.  A  fall  of  the  voice  in  reading  or  speaking,  especially  at 
  the  end  of  a  sentence. 
 
  3.  A  rhythmical  modulation  of  the  voice  or  of  any  sound;  as 
  music  of  bells  in  cadence  sweet. 
 
  Blustering  winds,  which  all  night  long  Had  roused 
  the  sea,  now  with  hoarse  cadence  lull  Seafaring  men 
  o'erwatched.  --Milton. 
 
  The  accents  .  .  .  were  in  passion's  tenderest 
  cadence.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  4.  Rhythmical  flow  of  language,  in  prose  or  verse. 
 
  Golden  cadence  of  poesy.  --Shak. 
 
  If  in  any  composition  much  attention  was  paid  to  the 
  flow  of  the  rhythm,  it  was  said  (at  least  in  the 
  14th  and  15th  centuries)  to  be  ``prosed  in  faire 
  cadence.''  --Dr.  Guest. 
 
  5.  (Her.)  See  {Cadency}. 
 
  6.  (Man.)  Harmony  and  proportion  in  motions,  as  of  a 
  well-managed  horse. 
 
  7.  (Mil.)  A  uniform  time  and  place  in  marching. 
 
  8.  (Mus.) 
  a  The  close  or  fall  of  a  strain;  the  point  of  rest, 
  commonly  reached  by  the  immediate  succession  of  the 
  tonic  to  the  dominant  chord. 
  b  A  cadenza,  or  closing  embellishment;  a  pause  before 
  the  end  of  a  strain,  which  the  performer  may  fill  with 
  a  flight  of  fancy. 
 
  {Imperfect  cadence}.  (Mus.)  See  under  {Imperfect}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cadence  \Ca"dence\,  v.  t. 
  To  regulate  by  musical  measure. 
 
  These  parting  numbers,  cadenced  by  my  grief.  --Philips. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cadence 
  n  1:  (prosody)  the  accent  in  a  metrical  foot  of  verse  [syn:  {meter}, 
  {measure},  {beat}] 
  2:  a  recurrent  rhythmical  series  [syn:  {cadency}] 




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