• WordNet 3.6
    • n cadence a recurrent rhythmical series
    • n cadence the close of a musical section
    • n cadence (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cadence (Mus) A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with a flight of fancy.
    • Cadence A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at the end of a sentence.
    • Cadence 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."
      "The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest cadence ."
    • Cadence (Mil) A uniform time and place in marching.
    • Cadence (Man) Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a well-managed horse.
    • Cadence Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse. "Golden cadence of poesy.""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 .”"
    • Cadence (Her) See Cadency.
    • Cadence The act or state of declining or sinking. "Now was the sun in western cadence low."
    • Cadence (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.
    • v. t Cadence To regulate by musical measure. "These parting numbers, cadenced by my grief."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cadence A fall; a decline; a state of falling or sinking.
    • n cadence A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, as at the end of a sentence; also, the falling of the voice in the general modulation of tones in reciting.
    • n cadence A regular and agreeable succession of measured sounds or movements; rhythmic flow, as the general modulation of the voice in reading or speaking, or of natural sounds.
    • n cadence Specifically In music: A harmonic formula or sequence of chords that expresses conclusion, finality, repose, occurring at the end of a phrase or period, and involving a clear enunciation of the tonality or key in which a piece is written. See phrases below.
    • n cadence The concluding part of a melody or harmony, or the concluding part of a metrical line or verse: as, the plaintive cadence of a song. Also called a fall.
    • n cadence Especially, in France, a trill or other embellishment used as part of an ending, or as a means of return to a principal theme. Compare cadenza.
    • n cadence Measure or beat of any rhythmical movement, such as dancing or marching.
    • n cadence In the manège, an equal measure or proportion observed by a horse in all his motions.
    • n cadence In heraldry, descent; a device upon the escutcheon by which the descent of each member of a family is shown.
    • n cadence Proportion.
    • n cadence the chord of the dominant followed by that of the tonic; also, the chord of the dominant seventh followed by that of the tonic. These two forms of the perfect cadence were in ancient church modes called authentic, in distinction from the plagal cadence. An example of each form in C major is here given. The end of a piece should properly be a complete cadence, incomplete and interrupted cadences being suitably only as temporary endings for phrases or periods in the midst of a piece.
    • n cadence a cadence formed by a chord foreign to that which was expected, thus evading the close and deceiving expectation. Thus, in the example, the second chord has A in the bass instead of C, which is naturally expected. Also called suspended cadence.
    • cadence To regulate by musical measure: as, well-cadenced music.
    • n cadence The modulation or manner of utterance peculiar to a particular locality or language.
    • n cadence In music, a trill-like ornament, the reverse of the battement (which see).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cadence kā′dens the fall of the voice at the end of a sentence: tone, sound, modulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia, a falling, fr. L. cadere, to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza,. See Chance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cad-ĕre, to fall.


In literature:

But the dreary cadence of the loon is the voice of the inhospitable night, repelling every thought of human association.
"The Ontario Readers: Fourth Book" by Various
His words came finally in monotonous cadences.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
They were advancing steadily and in good order, and their battle cries rose and fell in measured cadence.
"With Kitchener in the Soudan" by G. A. Henty
After the sound died away a hush remained and through men's memories the cadences repeated themselves like lingering echoes.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Beautiful music is ecstasy expressed in sound, regulated into rhythm, cadence and form.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
The rhythmic cadence seemed to fill the room.
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
These: the choice of words of a special emotional or pictorial force, combined with musical cadences, rhythm, and sometimes rhyme.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Its shrill note rang through the woods against the hills in cadences that seemed half muffled by the falling snow.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
My heart was still leaping wildly when the wailing began again, rising and falling in regular cadence.
"The Devil Doctor" by Sax Rohmer
The Cavalry swung along at the trot to the cadence of the trumpets and to the clink-clank and glitter of steel.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton

In poetry:

And always, as the evening chime
With measured cadence fell,
Her vespers o'er, she sought alone
A little garden dell.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Wafted in varying cadence, by the shore
Of the still twinkling river, they bespeak
A day of jubilee,
An ancient holiday.
"On Whit-Monday" by Henry Kirke White
In the twilight, in the twilight,
Sounding softly, sounding low,
Float some cadences enchanted,
Eerie songs of long ago.
"The Old Piano" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
A nature all unfitted for the time,
Born but to droop and fade,
Like long sweet cadences of fairy rhyme
Within the summer shade.
"The Violet" by Alexander Anderson
Down behind the purple hillside
Dropped the sun; above the garden
Rang the Angelus' clear cadence
Summoning the monks to vespers.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
Now a cadence softly warbles,
'Tis the Flute's melodious sound ;
Now the measure loudly swelling,
Flings its awful thunder round.
"The Last Adieu" by Laura Sophia Temple

In news:

Cadence Design Systems, which makes semiconductor design software, has agreed to acquire a smaller rival, Simplex Solutions, for $300 million in stock.
Grisly-murder novelist Tana French has an infectious laugh and an easygoing cadence to her voice, something that might surprise you if you've read her novels.
Cadence has announced the availability of an Automotive Ethernet Design IP and Verification IP (VIP) for the latest Automotive Ethernet Controllers.
Cadence has announced several verification projects using Verification IP (VIP) for ARM® AMBA® protocols, one of the industry's most widely used verification solutions for the AMBA protocol family.
Charlene Kay sings jazzy melodies with a smooth, sweeping cadence that soars with hip-swinging, head-bobbing energy.
Eric Florip/The Columbian From left, Jonathan Roy, 3, of Woodland and McKenna Burleson, 4, and Cadence Burleson, 5, both of Vancouver, hold a Honduran milk snake Saturday.
Bennett 's style is conversational and full of cliches, but readers can almost hear his distinctive cadence as he waxes nostalgic.
Bennett 's style is conversational and full of clichés, but readers can almost hear his distinctive cadence as he waxes nostalgic.
Which is a scant 112 pages, carries all the cadence and thickness of an illustrated bedtime story.
One hundred and eighty stops in 90 miles, a ballet's cadence.
California Elementary School Students of the Week for March 2 , from left, are first graders Joshua Hummel, Lauren Friedrich, Grace Balderas and Cadence Winkler.
They are known for their interesting cadence, marching steps and dance moves.
Peyton Manning holds up his hands during a pre-snap cadence against Carolina on Sunday.
We spin, 87 of us, tight down to the elbows and handlebars, clicking up and down gears more to hear the sound than to find the right cadence.

In science:

Therefore the Dominant-Tonic progression shapes the most common final cadence in music.
Music in Terms of Science
Galaxy? Here polarization mapping might give us more hints on the constraining magnetic field, and clearly higher-resolutio n, higher-cadence radio observations along with higher fidelity numerical modeling are our pathway towa rds understanding jet structures.
The AGN phenomenon: open issues
The Gaia photometric survey will reveal many known and new variable stars, even though the cadence of observations is not optimized (nor should it be) for the detection of such objects.
Concluding Remarks: Gaia and Astrophysics in 2015-2020
Variable stars, including eclipsing binaries, can provide much additional physical information on stellar properties and distances, but this requires special attention, including a wellplanned cadence of multi-epoch observations (Cook).
Concluding Remarks JD13
Most of these have been with targeted narrow-field telescopes with observational cadence and total duration necessarily limited.
AGN Variability Surveys: DASCH from BATSS to EXIST