Cadency Ca"den*cy, n. Descent of related families; distinction between the members of a family according to their ages. [1913 Webster]

{Marks of cadency} (Her.), bearings indicating the position of the bearer as older or younger son, or as a descendant of an older or younger son. See {Difference} (Her.). [1913 Webster]

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  • Cadency — Brisures used in cadency (shown in red). The left hand column shows the cadency marks (brisures) used for sons in the English and Canadian systems. The right hand column shows the brisures used in Canadian heraldry for daughters.The marks are… …   Wikipedia

  • Cadency — A mark of difference to show family relationships in the system of heraldry. Included in marks of Cadency are the label (1st son), crescent, mollet, martel, annulet, fleur de lis, rose, cross flory, octofoil …   Medieval glossary

  • cadency — noun (plural cies) Date: 1627 cadence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cadency — /kayd n see/, n., pl. cadencies. cadence (defs. 1 7). [1620 30; CAD(ENCE) + ENCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • cadency — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun The patterned, recurring alternation of contrasting elements, such as stressed and unstressed notes in music: beat, cadence, measure, meter, rhythm, swing. See REPETITION …   English dictionary for students

  • cadency — n. rhythm, measured movement; rise and fall of a voice (in speaking) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cadency — noun chiefly Heraldry the status of a younger branch of a family. Origin C17 (in the sense rhythm or metrical beat ): based on L. cadent , cadere to fall ; the current sense is appar. by assoc. with cadet …   English new terms dictionary

  • cadency — ca·den·cy …   English syllables

  • cadency — ca•den•cy [[t]ˈkeɪd n si[/t]] n. pl. cies cadence • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • cadency — noun a recurrent rhythmical series • Syn: ↑cadence • Derivationally related forms: ↑cadent, ↑cadent (for: ↑cadence) • Hypernyms: ↑rhythmicity …   Useful english dictionary

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