Imperfect cadence
Cadence Ca"dence, n. [OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza. See {Chance}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or state of declining or sinking. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Now was the sun in western cadence low. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at the end of a sentence. [1913 Webster]

3. A rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as, music of bells in cadence sweet. [1913 Webster]

Blustering winds, which all night long Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Seafaring men o'erwatched. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest cadence. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse. [1913 Webster]

Golden cadence of poesy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

If in any composition much attention was paid to the flow of the rhythm, it was said (at least in the 14th and 15th centuries) to be ``prosed in faire cadence.'' --Dr. Guest. [1913 Webster]

5. (Her.) See {Cadency}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Man.) Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a well-managed horse. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mil.) A uniform time and place in marching. [1913 Webster]

8. (Mus.) (a) The close or fall of a strain; the point of rest, commonly reached by the immediate succession of the tonic to the dominant chord. (b) A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with a flight of fancy. [1913 Webster]

{Imperfect cadence}. (Mus.) See under {Imperfect}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Imperfect cadence — Imperfect Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imperfect cadence — noun 1. : an authentic or plagal cadence in which the third or the fifth of the final chord appears in the soprano part or in which one or both of the cadential chords are inverted compare perfect cadence; see cadence illustration 2. : half… …   Useful english dictionary

  • imperfect cadence — /ɪmˌpɜfəkt ˈkeɪdns/ (say im.perfuhkt kaydns) noun a cadence in which there is a progression from a tonic chord, or a chord other than dominant or tonic, to the dominant chord …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cadence — Ca dence, n. [OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza. See {Chance}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or state of declining or sinking. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Now was the sun in western cadence low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect — Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he left… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect arch — Imperfect Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect consonances — Imperfect Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect flower — Imperfect Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect interval — Imperfect Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Imperfect number — Imperfect Im*per fect, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im not + perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See {Perfect}.] 1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a part; deective; deficient. [1913 Webster] Something he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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