Cadence

Definition of Cadence

Ca´dence
n.1.
1.The act or state of declining or sinking.
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.
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.
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.) The close or fall of a strain; the point of rest, commonly reached by the immediate succession of the tonic to the dominant chord.
Imperfect cadence
(Mus.) See under Imperfect.
v. t.1.To regulate by musical measure.

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