What does cadence mean?

Definitions for cadenceˈkeɪd ns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meter, metre, measure, beat, cadence(noun)

    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

  2. cadence(noun)

    the close of a musical section

  3. cadence, cadency(noun)

    a recurrent rhythmical series


  1. cadence(Noun)

    Balanced, rhythmic flow.

  2. cadence(Noun)

    The measure or beat of movement.

  3. cadence(Noun)

    The general inflection or modulation of the voice.

  4. cadence(Noun)

    A progression of at least two chords which conclude a piece of music, section or musical phrases within it. Sometimes referred to analogously as musical punctuation.

  5. cadence(Noun)

    A fall in inflection of a speakeru2019s voice, such as at the end of a sentence.

  6. cadence(Noun)

    A dance move which ends a phrase.

    The cadence in a galliard step refers to the final leap in a cinquepace sequence.

  7. cadence(Noun)

    The rhythm and sequence of a series of actions.

  8. cadence(Noun)

    The number of steps per minute.

  9. cadence(Noun)

    The number of revolutions per minute of the cranks or pedals of a bicycle.

  10. cadence(Verb)

    To give a cadence to.

  11. cadence(Verb)

    To give structure to.

  12. cadence(Noun)

    A chant that is sung by military personnel while running or marching; a jody call.

  13. Cadence(ProperNoun)

    from the word cadence, taken to use in the 2000s.

  14. Origin: From cadence, from cadenza, from cadentia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cadence(noun)

    the act or state of declining or sinking

  2. Cadence(noun)

    a fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at the end of a sentence

  3. Cadence(noun)

    a rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as, music of bells in cadence sweet

  4. Cadence(noun)

    rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse

  5. Cadence(noun)

    see Cadency

  6. Cadence(noun)

    harmony and proportion in motions, as of a well-managed horse

  7. Cadence(noun)

    a uniform time and place in marching

  8. Cadence(noun)

    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. Cadence(noun)

    a cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with a flight of fancy

  10. Cadence(verb)

    to regulate by musical measure

  11. Origin: [OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza. See Chance.]


  1. Cadence

    In Western musical theory, a cadence is, "a melodic or harmonic configuration that creates a sense of repose or resolution [finality or pause]." A harmonic cadence is a progression of two chords that concludes a phrase, section, or piece of music. A rhythmic cadence is a characteristic rhythmic pattern that indicates the end of a phrase. Cadences give phrases a distinctive ending that can, for example, indicate whether the piece is to continue or has concluded. An analogy may be made with punctuation, Weaker cadences act as "commas" that indicate a pause or momentary rest, while a stronger cadence acts as a "period" that signals the end of the phrase or sentence. A cadence is labeled more or less "weak" or "strong" depending on its sense of finality. While cadences are usually classified by specific chord or melodic progressions, the use of such progressions does not necessarily constitute a cadence—there must be a sense of closure, as at the end of a phrase. Harmonic rhythm plays an important part in determining where a cadence occurs. Cadences are the main method used in tonal music to create the sense that one pitch is the tonic or central pitch of a passage or piece. Edward Lowinsky thought that the cadence was the "cradle of tonality."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cadence

    kā′dens, n. the fall of the voice at the end of a sentence: tone, sound, modulation.—adj. Cā′denced, rhythmical.—n. Cā′dency, regularity of movement: (her.) the relative status of younger sons.—adj. Cā′dent (Shak.), falling.—n. Caden′za, a flourish given by a solo voice or instrument at the close of a movement. [Fr.—L. cad-ĕre, to fall.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cadence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cadence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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