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Definition of cadence:

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

Synonyms:

quantity, measuring rod, measure, metre, step, arpeggio, descant, criterion, measurement, croak, flourish, musical rhythm, beatnik, coda, counterpoint, tone, amount, meter, flow, touchstone, pulse, time, measuring stick, round, pulsation, measuring, breakbeat, excerpt, expression, repetition, accompaniment, twang, cadency, swing, inflection, imperative, bill, crescendo, quaver, break, bar, m, rhythm, beat, heartbeat, tremor, standard, mensuration.

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