from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Cadence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Regularity of movement; rhythmical accord.
  • noun In heraldry, the relative status of younger sons. Also brisure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Descent of related families; distinction between the members of a family according to their ages.
  • noun (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.).

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  • noun Alternative form of cadence.
  • noun heraldry Any systematic way of distinguishing similar coats of arms belonging to members of the same family.

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

  • noun a recurrent rhythmical series


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  • Heraldry — abatement, cadency, clarion, escutcheon, jessant-de-lys, rampant, talbot (I could go on for close to a thousand words as classical heraldry uses Norman French)

    The Logophile « Write Anything

  • It begins with ease, rises gradually till the voice is inflected, then sinks again, and ends with a just cadency, And perhaps there is not a word in it, whole situation would be altered to an advantage.

    Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker.

  • What were the peculiar marks of cadency used by the heirs to the crown, apparent and presumptive, after the accession of the Stuarts?

    Notes and Queries, Number 46, September 14, 1850

  • This eliminates the need for an elaborate system of cadency, though to prevent confusion, the spouse's and heir's arms are differenced.

    Concordance A Terran Empire concordance

  • In relation to the use of personal arms, although in England the ordinary rule and practice were usually observed, elsewhere an ecclesiastic seldom made use of any marks of cadency.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • But the omission of cadency marks does not appear to have been a matter of universally accepted rule.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • Of the natural sons of princes something could be made, as witness the dazzling career of Anne's own father; but for natural daughters -- and especially for one who, like herself, bore a double load of cadency -- there was little use or hope.

    The Historical Nights' Entertainment Second Series

  • The lions and lilies shone over the high dorseret chair in the center, and the same august device marked with the cadency label indicated the seat of the Prince, while glowing to right and to left were the long lines of noble insignia, honored in peace and terrible in war.

    Sir Nigel

  • Certainly no quarter of a town could use a mark of cadency below a bendlet, and Florence was more careful than most Italian towns to be precise in her heraldry.

    Donatello, by Lord Balcarres

  • The lions and lilies shone over the high dorseret chair in the center, and the same august device marked with the cadency label indicated the seat of the

    Sir Nigel


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  • In heraldry, a mark of cadency indicates descent of a younger branch from the main line of a family; a cadet line.

    February 5, 2007