noun Also cadency.
- rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words: the cadence of language.
- (in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that is nonmetrically structured.
- the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement: The chorus line danced in rapid cadence.
- the flow or rhythm of events, especially the pattern in which something is experienced: the frenetic cadence of modern life.
- a slight falling in pitch of the voice in speaking or reading, as at the end of a declarative sentence.
- the general modulation of the voice.
- Music. a sequence of notes or chords that indicates the momentary or complete end of a composition, section, phrase, etc.
verb (used with object), ca·denced, ca·denc·ing.
- to make rhythmical.
noun plural -dences or -dencies
- the beat or measure of something rhythmic
- a fall in the pitch of the voice, as at the end of a sentence
- modulation of the voice; intonation
- a rhythm or rhythmic construction in verse or prose; measure
- the close of a musical phrase or section
late 14c., “flow of rhythm in verse or music,” from Middle French cadence, from Old Italian cadenza “conclusion of a movement in music,” literally “a falling,” from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, from neuter plural of Latin cadens, present participle of cadere “to fall” (see case (n.1)). In 16c., sometimes used literally for “an act of falling.” A doublet of chance (n.).