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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.


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