cadent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cadent marked by a rhythmical cadence "the cadenced crunch of marching feet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Cadent Falling. "Cadent tears."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cadent Falling; sinking.
    • cadent In astrology, falling from an angle: applied to the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth houses, which follow the meridian and the horizon.
    • cadent Specifically applied to the tenth of Professor H. D. Rogers's fifteen divisions of the Paleozoic strata of Pennsylvania, which suggest metaphorically the different natural periods of the day. It corresponds to the Hamilton group of the New York survey.
    • n cadent In old music, a grace or embellishment consisting of an after-note one degree below the principal note: as
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cadent (Shak.) falling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cadens, -entis, p. pr. of cadere, to fall
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cad-ĕre, to fall.

Usage

In literature:

It cast a cadent spray high to the heavens.
"The Metal Monster" by A. Merritt
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In poetry:

Cadent fails the stars along:-
Mortals, that behold a woman
Rising 'twixt the Moon and Sun;
Who am I the heavens assume? an
All am I, and I am one.
"Assumpta Maria" by Francis Thompson