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cadence

[kā′dəns]
Etymology: L, cadere, to fall
a rhythm, as in voice, music, or movement.
The beat or timing of a particular rhythmic activity—e.g., the rhythm of pedalling in cycling

cadence

number of steps per minute during normal gait

cadence

the rhythm of a horse's gait. The walk is a four beat cadence, the trot is two beat, the canter has three beats and the gallop has four.
References in classic literature ?
The abbe, who was quite innocent of Latin, nodded his head, in cadence, at every roll which La Fontaine impressed upon his body, according to the undulations of the dactyls and spondees.
In the silence of mingled joy and sorrow they passed along through the familiar jungle, and as the afternoon was waning there came faintly to the ears of the ape-man the murmuring cadence of distant voices.
She sang, and her voice flowed in a rich cadence, swelling or dying away like a nightingale of the woods.
The beating of the drum was in a slow, ponderous cadence, at first without time but presently settling into a heavy rhythm to which the apes kept time with measured tread and swaying bodies.