n. pl. ca·denc·es
1. Balanced, rhythmic flow, as of poetry or oratory.
a. The measure or beat of movement, as in dancing or marching.
b. A rhythmic chant, often in call-and-response form, used by soldiers to keep in step when marching or running.
a. A falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence.
b. General inflection or modulation of the voice.
4. Music A progression of chords moving to a harmonic close, point of rest, or sense of resolution.
[Middle English, from Old French *cadence, from Old Italian cadenza, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, a falling, from Latin cadēns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall; see kad- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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