Ca"dence (?), n. [OE.
cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a falling, fr.
L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It.
cadenza. See Chance.]
1. The act or state of declining or
Now was the sun in western cadence low.
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
Blustering winds, which all night long
Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull
Seafaring men o'erwatched.
The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest
Sir W. Scott.
4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose
Golden cadence of poesy.
If in any composition much attention was paid to
the flow of the rhythm, it was said (at least in the 14th and
15th centuries) to be "prosed in faire cadence."
5. (Her.) See
6. (Man.) Harmony and proportion
in motions, as of a well-managed horse.
7. (Mil.) A uniform time and place
8. (Mus.) (a) The
close or fall of a strain; the point of rest, commonly reached by
the immediate succession of the tonic to the dominant
chord. (b) A cadenza, or
closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which
the performer may fill with a flight of fancy.
Imperfect cadence. (Mus.) See
Ca"dence, v. t. To regulate by
These parting numbers, cadenced by my