cadence

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The beat or timing of a particular rhythmic activity—e.g., the rhythm of pedalling in cycling
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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.
A half-hour passed, during which the cadence of the drum increased gradually.
"I come to dance the Dum-Dum with my brothers," and he made a motion to the drummers, who immediately took up the cadence of the dance where they had dropped it to watch their king slay the foolish Tarmangani.
The child went singing away, following up the current of the brook, and striving to mingle a more lightsome cadence with its melancholy voice.
Perhaps they were; or perhaps there might have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every dimly-discovered, uprising fin of some undiscernible form, seems to him the embodiment of those elusive thoughts that only people the soul by continually flitting through it.
Yet, no one could have looked at him twice, without looking again: even though the opportunity of observation had not extended to the mournful cadence of his low grave voice, and to the abstraction that overclouded him fitfully, without any apparent reason.
The Canadian waters are vocal with these little French chansons, that have been echoed from mouth to mouth and transmitted from father to son, from the earliest days of the colony; and it has a pleasing effect, in a still golden summer evening, to see a batteau gliding across the bosom of a lake and dipping its oars to the cadence of these quaint old ditties, or sweeping along in full chorus on a bright sunny morning, down the transparent current of one of the Canada rivers.
* Piano Essentials: Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences for the Contemporary Pianist (w/CD), by Ross Ramsay.
A new study asked thirteen college triathletes to cycle at race pace using three different cadences: a baseline, and then both 20% faster and 20% slower.
Ever since we harmonized our first Bach chorale, we have all known that, if you can get the cadences right, you can fill in most of the rest relatively quickly.