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1 (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse [syn: meter, metre, measure, beat]
2 the close of a musical section
3 a recurrent rhythmical series [syn: cadency]

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From cadence.


  1. A chord progression that comes at the closing of a musical phrase.
  2. In the context of "speech": A fall in inflection of a speaker’s voice, such as at the end of a sentence.
  3. A dance move which ends a phrase. (For example, the cadence in a galliard step refers to the final leap in a cinquepace sequence.)
  4. The rhythm and sequence of a series of actions.
  5. In the context of "running": The number of steps per minute, around 180 to 200 for many successful distance runners.
  6. The number of revolutions per minute of the cranks or pedals of a bicycle.
  7. A chant that is sung by military personnel while running or marching; a jody call.

Derived terms

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A chord progression
  • German: Rhythmus, Kadenz
A fall in inflexion
  • German: Tonfall
A dance move
  • German: Gleichschritt
A series of actions’ rhythm and sequence
  • German: Rhythmus
№ of steps per minute
  • German: Kadenz
№ of revolutions per minute
  • German: Rhythmus
A sung chant
  • German: Kadenz



From cadenza



Extensive Definition

Cadence may refer to: In music:
  • Cadence (music), a particular series of intervals or chords that ends a phrase, section, or piece of music.
  • Cadenza, a long, unaccompanied, freely played, and sometimes improvised solo passage in a concerto
  • Drum cadence, a drumline piece played in a parading marching band between or in place of full-band pieces
  • Military cadence, a chant that is sung by military personnel while parading or marching
  • Football cadence, a particular series of vocal calls, intended to keep an offense in rhythm and coordinated to when the quarterback will hike the ball.
  • Cadence Records, an American record label during the 1940s and 50s.
  • Cadence Magazine, a monthly review of jazz, blues and improvised music.
  • Cadence Weapon, a rap artist from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • "Cadence", a song by Anberlin.
  • "Cadence", a song by Japanese band, TOKIO
  • "Cadence", an a cappella band from Canada.
  • Ring cadence, the ringing pattern announcing a telephone call
  • Cadence (cycling), the number of revolutions of the crankset per minute
  • Cadence (gait), the number of steps per second
  • Cadence (film), a 1990 film directed by Martin Sheen.
  • Cadence Design Systems, an electronic design automation company
  • Cadence Resourcing, an IT Recruitment firm in Bristol, UK
  • Cadence, a girl's name of growing popularity, featured in films such as Shallow Hal and American Pie - The Wedding
  • cadence, a fall in inflection of a speaker's voice, such as at the end of a sentence
cadence in German: Kadenz
cadence in French: Cadence
cadence in Portuguese: Cadência (desambiguação)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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