The word cadence has its own lovely cadence — rhythm of sound as it's spoken.

Cadence has come to mean "the rhythm of sounds" from its root cadere which means "to fall." Originally designating falling tones especially at the end of lines of music or poetry, cadence broadened to mean the rhythms of the tones and sometimes even the rhythm of sounds in general. Think of the cadence of the marching band at a football game or the cadence of the crickets on a warm spring night. You can remember the "fall" idea by thinking of one of the only words that contains it — decadence — which has the prefix de- at the front to mean down, or downfall.

Definitions of cadence
  1. noun
    (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
    synonyms: beat, measure, meter, metre
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    the absence of a syllable in the last foot of a line or verse
    analysis of verse into metrical patterns
    common measure, common meter
    the usual (iambic) meter of a ballad
    foot, metrical foot, metrical unit
    (prosody) a group of 2 or 3 syllables forming the basic unit of poetic rhythm
    a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
    iamb, iambus
    a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed syllables
    anapaest, anapest
    a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
    a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
    a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed syllables
    a metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables
    dibrach, pyrrhic
    a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables
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    poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern
    (prosody) a system of versification
  2. noun
    a recurrent rhythmical series
    synonyms: cadency
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    the rhythmic property imparted by the accents and relative durations of notes in a piece of music
  3. noun
    rise and fall of the voice pitch
    synonyms: intonation, modulation, pitch contour
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    intonation pattern
    intonations characteristic of questions and requests and statements
    drone, droning, monotone
    an unchanging intonation
    a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
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    inflection, prosody
    the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
  4. noun
    the close of a musical section
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    amen cadence, plagal cadence
    a cadence (frequently ending church music) in which the chord of the subdominant precedes the chord of the tonic
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    musical passage, passage
    a short section of a musical composition
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