Simple Definition of cadence
: a regular beat or rhythm
: the way a person's voice changes by gently rising and falling while he or she is speaking
: an ending part of a piece of music
Full Definition of cadence
1 a : a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language b : the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity
2 a : a falling inflection of the voice b : a concluding and usually falling strain; specifically : a musical chord sequence moving to a harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion
3 : the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of a sound especially in nature
Examples of cadence
the steady cadence of the drums
Oars moved back and forth in smooth cadence.
He speaks with a soft Southern cadence.
Origin of cadence
Middle English, from Old Italian cadenza, from cadere to fall, from Latin — more at chance
First Known Use: 14th century
CADENCE Defined for Kids
Definition of cadence
: a regular beat or rhythm <We heard the steady cadence of the drums.>
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