- The definition of cadence is the rhythm, modulation and pitch of a sound or the rhythmic beat of movement.
An example of cadence is a soothing tone of voice that a mother uses when reading stories to a small child.
cadence definition by Webster's New World
- fall of the voice in speaking
- inflection or modulation in tone
- any rhythmic flow of sound
- measured movement, as in dancing or marching, or the beat of such movement
- Music a series of notes or chords at the end of a phrase, section, or composition which indicates a partial or complete conclusion
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from OIt cadenza or Midieval Latin cadentia ; from Classical Latin cadens, present participle of cadere, to fall: see case
cadence definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ca·denc·es
- Balanced, rhythmic flow, as of poetry or oratory.
- The measure or beat of movement, as in dancing or marching.
- a. A falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence.b. General inflection or modulation of the voice.
- Music A progression of chords moving to a harmonic close, point of rest, or sense of resolution.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French *cadence, from Old Italian cadenza, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, a falling, from Latin cadēns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
- caˈdenced adjective
cadence - Computer Definition
(2) (Cadence Design Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA, www.cadence.com) A company that combines electronic design automation (EDA) software technology with a range of professional services to produce chip design technology. Cadence products are used worldwide to design and develop integrated circuits and systems for computers, telecom and networking equipment, automotive electronics and consumer goods. In 1988, two pioneering EDA companies, ECAD, Inc. and SDA Systems, merged to form Cadence Design. Today, Cadence is the world leader in EDA software and services.