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[word-lover] 【整理】2016-06-02 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2016-06-02 How to Use a Word

Today's word is cadence, spelled C-A-D-E-N-C-E.

Cadence is a noun that means a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language. It can also mean the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity, or a falling inflection of the voice, or a musical chord sequence moving to a harmonic close or rest. Cadence also means the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of a sound especially in nature. Here is the word used in a sentence from Redbook by Alison Sweeney.

The app detects your natural cadence when you walk or run, and cues up a playlist that matches your rhythm.

Falling into the hands of English speakers in the 14th century, the word cadence derives via Middle English and Old Italian from the Latin verb cadere, meaning to fall. Cadere can be found in the history of many common English words, including decay, coincide and accident. We most often hear cadence used in contexts pertaining to voice or music - it might refer to the familiar way in which someone speaks, or the rhythms employed by a rap artist, or the rising and falling notes of a bird's call. Cadenza, the Old Italian word that factors into the history of cadence, has its own place in English as well. Cadenza in English usually refers to a brilliant musical flourish played before closing out an aria.

I'm Peter Sokolowski with your Word of the Day.

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