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 for Imperfect cadence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Imperfect \Im*per"fect\, a. [L. imperfectus: pref. im- not +
     perfectus perfect: cf. F imparfait, whence OE. imparfit. See
     Perfect.]
     1. Not perfect; not complete in all its parts; wanting a
        part; deective; deficient.
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              Something he left imperfect in the state. --Shak.
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              Why, then, your other senses grow imperfect. --Shak.
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     2. Wanting in some elementary organ that is essential to
        successful or normal activity.
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              He . . . stammered like a child, or an amazed,
              imperfect person.                     --Jer. Taylor.
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     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.
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              Nothing imperfect or deficient left
              Of all that he created.               --Milton.
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              Then say not man's imperfect, Heaven in fault;
              Say rather, man's as perfect as he ought. --Pope.
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     Imperfect arch, an arch of less than a semicircle; a skew
        arch.
  
     Imperfect cadence (Mus.), one not ending with the tonic,
        but with the dominant or some other chord; one not giving
        complete rest; a half close.
  
     Imperfect consonances (Mus.), chords like the third and
        sixth, whose ratios are less simple than those of the
        fifth and forth.
  
     Imperfect flower (Bot.), a flower wanting either stamens or
        pistils. --Gray.
  
     Imperfect interval (Mus.), one a semitone less than
        perfect; as, an imperfect fifth.
  
     Imperfect number (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
        abundant number.
  
     Imperfect obligations (Law), obligations as of charity or
        gratitude, which cannot be enforced by law.
  
     Imperfect power (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.
  
     Imperfect tense (Gram.), a tense expressing past time and
        incomplete action.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cadence \Ca"dence\, n. [OE. cadence, cadens, LL. cadentia a
     falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza.
     See Chance.]
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     1. The act or state of declining or sinking. [Obs.]
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              Now was the sun in western cadence low. --Milton.
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     2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at
        the end of a sentence.
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     3. A rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as,
        music of bells in cadence sweet.
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              Blustering winds, which all night long
              Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull
              Seafaring men o'erwatched.            --Milton.
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              The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest
              cadence.                              --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse.
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              Golden cadence of poesy.              --Shak.
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              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
              cadence."                             --Dr. Guest.
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     5. (Her.) See Cadency.
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     6. (Man.) Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a
        well-managed horse.
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     7. (Mil.) A uniform time and place in marching.
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     8. (Mus.)
        (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.
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     Imperfect cadence. (Mus.) See under Imperfect.
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