Cadence



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.
to make rhythmical.
Contemporary Examples

David Gregory, Off the Air Lloyd Grove January 6, 2010
What Would You Do if the World Was Over? William O’Connor August 4, 2014
‘Michael J. Fox Show’ Creator: We’re Not Canceled…Yet Kevin Fallon February 5, 2014
A Man to Believe In: Eulogy for Marine Master Sergeant Aaron Torian Elliot Ackerman March 4, 2014

Historical Examples

The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II) Henry James
One Of Them Charles James Lever
Tom Burke Of “Ours”, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Cavalry of the Army War Department.
Southern Literature From 1579-1895 Louise Manly

noun (pl) -dences, -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
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