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Definition of Cadence


  1. The act or state of declining or sinking.
  2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at the end of a sentence.
  3. A rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as, music of bells in cadence sweet.
  4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse.
  5. See Cadency.
  6. Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a well-managed horse.
  7. A uniform time and place in marching.
  8. The close or fall of a strain; the point of rest, commonly reached by the immediate succession of the tonic to the dominant chord.
  9. A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with a flight of fancy.
  10. To regulate by musical measure.

Cadence Translations

cadence in German is Rhythmus, Tonfall
cadence in Spanish is cadencia