- 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.
- 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 of cadenceMiddle English ; from Old French ; from OIt cadenza or Medieval Latin cadentia ; from Classical Latin cadens, present participle of cadere, to fall: see case
- 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 of cadenceMiddle 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.
(countable and uncountable, plural cadences)
- The act or state of declining or sinking.
- Balanced, rhythmic flow.
- The measure or beat of movement.
- The general inflection or modulation of the voice, or of any sound.
- (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.
- (music) A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with a flight of fancy.
- (speech) A fall in inflection of a speaker’s voice, such as at the end of a sentence.
- (dance) A dance move which ends a phrase.
- The cadence in a galliard step refers to the final leap in a cinquepace sequence.
- (fencing) The rhythm and sequence of a series of actions.
- (running) The number of steps per minute.
- (cycling) The number of revolutions per minute of the cranks or pedals of a bicycle.
- (military) A chant that is sung by military personnel while running or marching; a jody call.
- (heraldry) cadency
- (horse-riding) Harmony and proportion of movement, as in a well-managed horse.
- Tierce de Picardie
(third-person singular simple present cadences, present participle cadencing, simple past and past participle cadenced)
- To give a cadence to.
- To give structure to.
- A female given name from the word cadence, taken to use in the 2000s.
cadence - Computer Definition
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