Perfect cadence
Perfect Per"fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per-}) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct. [1913 Webster]

My strength is made perfect in weakness. --2 Cor. xii. 9. [1913 Webster]

Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I fear I am not in my perfect mind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

O most entire perfect sacrifice! --Keble. [1913 Webster]

God made thee perfect, not immutable. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Well informed; certain; sure. [1913 Webster]

I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower. [1913 Webster]

{Perfect cadence} (Mus.), a complete and satisfactory close in harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant.

{Perfect chord} (Mus.), a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave.

{Perfect number} (Arith.), a number equal to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See {Abundant number}, under {Abundant}. --Brande & C.

{Perfect tense} (Gram.), a tense which expresses an act or state completed. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • perfect cadence — n. Music a cadence, immediately preceded by some form of dominant harmony, and consisting of the tonic triad of the key of the particular section or of the composition in its beginning, with the keynote appearing in both the highest and lowest… …   English World dictionary

  • perfect cadence — noun : a cadence consisting of a dominant to tonic harmony with the root of the tonic appearing in both the bass and the soprano called also full cadence; compare imperfect cadence; see cadence illustration …   Useful english dictionary

  • perfect cadence — Music. a cadence in which the tonic chord has its root in both bass and soprano. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • perfect cadence — noun Music a cadence in which the chord of the dominant immediately precedes that of the tonic …   English new terms dictionary

  • perfect cadence — /pɜfəkt ˈkeɪdns/ (say perfuhkt kaydns) noun a musical cadence in which there is a progression from a dominant chord to a tonic chord …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cadence (music) — Perfect authentic cadence (V I [here in V7 I form] with roots in the bass and tonic in the highest voice of the final chord): ii V7 I progression in C   …   Wikipedia

  • Perfect — Per fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per }) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or completeness;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perfect chord — Perfect Per fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per }) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perfect number — Perfect Per fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per }) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perfect tense — Perfect Per fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per }) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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