Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a recurrent rhythmical series
  2. (noun, communication) the close of a musical section
  3. (noun, communication) (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

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Synonyms of Cadence

beat, cadency, measure, meter, metre

Origin of the word Cadence

  1. late 14c., "flow of rhythm in verse or music," from M.Fr. cadence, O.It. cadenza "conclusion of a movement in music," lit. "a falling," from V.L. *cadentia, from L. neut. pl. of cadens (gen. cadentis), prp. of cadere "to fall" (see case (1)). In 16c., sometimes used literally for "an act of falling." more

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