Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having cadence or rhythm.
  • adj. Archaic Falling, as water or tears.

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  • adj. Falling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Falling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Falling; sinking.
  • In astrology, falling from an angle: applied to the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth houses, which follow the meridian and the horizon.
  • Specifically applied to the tenth of Professor H. D. Rogers's fifteen divisions of the Paleozoic strata of Pennsylvania, which suggest metaphorically the different natural periods of the day. It corresponds to the Hamilton group of the New York survey.
  • n. In old music, a grace or embellishment consisting of an after-note one degree below the principal note: as

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. marked by a rhythmical cadence

Etymologies

Latin cadēns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • By this time the entire group were circling the house, and their wild shrill cadent song rose high and loud:'Ki--yi--yi--um--Ah! Ah! Ah! I--I--I!'

    The Blue Envelope

  • The third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth houses are cadent.

    How to Read the Crystal or, Crystal and Seer

  • It was harbingered also by the terrible comet of January, which appeared in a cadent and obscure house, denoting sickness and death: and another and yet more terrible comet, which will be found in the fiery triplicity of Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius, will be seen before the conflagration.

    Old Saint Paul's A Tale of the Plague and the Fire

  • The boys in the bays pierce the waves with the cadent zip-zip-zip of their impact wrenches pulling and replacing lug nuts around various vehicles from one wheel to another.

    Sufficient Grace

  • Not the cadent rattle of the thin cylindrical drums the Trivigauntis used, but the steady _thumpa-thumpa-thump_ of Vironese war drums, drums that suggested the palaestra's big copper stew-pot whenever she saw them, war drums beating out the quickstep used to draw up troops in order of battle.

    Exodus From The Long Sun

  • You have begun now the Plotinian ascent from multiplicity to unity, and therefore begin to perceive in the Many the clear and actual presence of the One: the changeless and absolute Life, manifesting itself in all the myriad nascent, crescent, cadent lives.

    Practical Mysticism

  • I saw no horses, no sign of life; heard no sound but the cadent wail of the ash-grey birds in their flights.

    Henry Brocken His Travels and Adventures in the Rich, Strange, Scarce-Imaginable Regions of Romance

  • The twelve houses are divided into cardinal houses, also called anguli, succeeding houses (succedentes, anaphora) and declining or cadent houses (cadentes, cataphora).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • And because David had asked for it and they loved the boy, the old men in the orchestra played the waltz over and over again, and at the end the dancers clapped their hands for an encore, and when the chorus began they sang it dancing, and the boy found the voice which cheered the "Men of Harlech," the sweet, cadent voice of his race, and let out his heart in the words.

    In Our Town

  • There was in it a lyrical sweetness scarcely ever previously compassed by its author, a cadent undertoned symphony that first gave testimony that the poet held the power of conveying by words a sensible eflfect of great music, even as former works of his had given testimony to his power of conveying a sensible eflfect by great painting.

    Recollections of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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