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Today's word is:

cadence

|ˈkādns|

noun

1. A modulation or inflection of the voice: the measured cadences that he employed in the Senate.

  • Such a modulation in reading aloud as implied by the structure and ordering of words and phrases in written text: the dry cadences of the essay.
  • A fall in pitch of the voice at the end of a phrase or sentence.
  • Rhythm: The thumping cadence of the engines | Try to vary your cadence during a run.

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2. Music. A sequence of notes or chords comprising the close of a musical phrase: the final cadences of the Prelude.

ORIGIN: late Middle English (in the sense 'rhythm or metrical beat'): via Old French from Italian cadenza, based on Latin cadere 'to fall.'