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Definition: Imperfect cadence
, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im- not +
perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See
1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a
part; deective; deficient.
Something he left imperfect in the state. --Shak.
Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect. --Shak.
2. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to
successful or normal activity.
He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed,
imperfect person. --Jer. Taylor.
3. Not fulfilling its design; not realizing an ideal; not
conformed to a standard or rule; not satisfying the taste
or conscience; esthetically or morally defective.
Nothing imperfect or deficient left
Of all that he created. --Milton.
Then say not man's imperfect, Heaven in fault;
Say rather, man's as perfect as he ought. --Pope.
, an arch of less than a semicircle; a skew
(Mus.), one not ending with the tonic,
but with the dominant or some other chord; one not giving
complete rest; a half close.
(Mus.), chords like the third and
sixth, whose ratios are less simple than those of the
fifth and forth.
(Bot.), a flower wanting either stamens or
(Mus.), one a semitone less than
perfect; as, an imperfect fifth.
(Math.), a number either greater or less
than the sum of its several divisors; in the former case,
it is called also a defective number
; in the latter, an
(Law), obligations as of charity or
gratitude, which cannot be enforced by law.
(Math.), a number which can not be produced
by taking any whole number or vulgar fraction, as a
factor, the number of times indicated by the power; thus,
9 is a perfect square, but an imperfect cube.
(Gram.), a tense expressing past time and
, n. [OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a
falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza.
1. The act or state of declining or sinking. [Obs.]
Now was the sun in western cadence low. --Milton.
2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at
the end of a sentence.
3. A rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as,
music of bells in cadence sweet.
Blustering winds, which all night long
Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull
Seafaring men o'erwatched. --Milton.
The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest
cadence. --Sir W.
4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse.
Golden cadence of poesy. --Shak.
If in any composition much attention was paid to the
flow of the rhythm, it was said (at least in the
14th and 15th centuries) to be “prosed in faire
5. (Her.) See Cadency
6. (Man.) Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a
7. (Mil.) A uniform time and place in marching.
(a) The close or fall of a strain; the point of rest,
commonly reached by the immediate succession of the
tonic to the dominant chord.
(b) A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before
the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with
a flight of fancy.
. (Mus.) See under Imperfect