Dictionary: CA-DAV'ER-OUS – CAD'MI-A

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CA-DAV'ER-OUS, a. [L. cadaver, a dead carcase, from cado, to fall.]

  1. Having the appearance or color of a dead human body; pale; wan; ghastly; as, a cadaverous look.
  2. Having the qualities of a dead body. – Arbuthnot.


In a cadaverous form.


The quality of being cadaverous.

CAD'DIS, n. [Qu. L. cadus, a cask.]

  1. A kind of tape or ribin. – Shak.
  2. A kind of worm or grub found in a case of straw. – Johnson.


A chough; a jack-daw. – Ray.

CAD'DY, n.

A small box for keeping tea.

CADE, a. [Qu. W. cadw, to keep or guard; or Ar. قَادَ kauda, to lead or govern, to be led, to be submissive.]

Tame; bred by hand; domesticated; as, a cade lamb.

CADE, n. [L. cadus; Gr.καδος, a cask, καδιον, a purse or little cask; allied perhaps to W. cadw, to hold, to keep.]

A barrel or cask. A cade of herrings is the quantity of five hundred; of sprats, a thousand. – Encyc.

CADE, v.t.

To bring up or nourish by hand, or with tenderness; to tame.

CA'DENCE, or CA'DEN-CY, n. [Fr. cadence; Sp. and Port. cadencia; L. cadens, from cado, to fall; W. cwyzaw; Com. kodha; Arm. kuedha, or kueza; Ir. cadam, cudaim; It. cadere; Sp. caer; Port. cahir; Fr. cheoir.]

  1. A fall; a decline; a state of sinking. – Milton.
  2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, as at the end of a sentence; also, the falling of the voice in the general modulation of tones in reciting. In reading or speaking, a certain tone is taken, which is called the key, or key-note, on which most of the words are pronounced, and the fall of the voice below this tone is called cadence. – Encyc. The ordinary cadence is a fall of the last syllable of a sentence only.
  3. The general tone of reading verse. The cadence of one line must be a rule to that of the next; as the sound of the former must slide gently into that which follows. – Dryden.
  4. Tone; sound; as, hoarse cadence. – Milton.
  5. In music, repose; the termination of a harmonical phrase on a repose or on a perfect chord. – Encyc. Also, the manner of closing a song; embellishment at the close. – Busby.
  6. In horsemanship, an equal measure or proportion observed by a horse in all his motions. – Encyc.
  7. In heraldry, the distinction of families. – Chalmers.

CA'DENCE, v.t.

To regulate by musical measure. – Smith.

CA'DENC-ED, pp. [or a.]

Having a particular cadence; as, well cadenced music. – Rousseau.

CA-DENE', n.

A species of inferior carpet imported from the Levant. – Encyc.

CA'DENT, a. [L. cadens.]

Falling down; sinking. – Johnson.

CA-DEN'ZA, n. [It. See Cadence.]

The fall or modulation of the voice in singing.


In the materia medica, an oil used in Germany and France, made of the fruit of the oxycedrus, called in those countries, cada. – Encyc.

CA-DET', n. [Fr. cadet; It. cadetto; Sp. cadete. In French, properly the second son. Gebelin. But in general, the younger son or brother, or the youngest.]

  1. The younger or youngest son. – Brown.
  2. A gentleman who carries arms in a regiment, as a private man, with a view to acquire military skill, and obtain a commission. His service is voluntary, but he receives pay, and thus is distinguished from a volunteer. – Encyc.
  3. A young man in a military school.

CA-DEW', n.

  1. A straw worm. [See Caddis.]
  2. An Irish mantle.


The same as Caddis.

CADGE, v.t.

To carry a burden. [Not in use.] – Ray.


One who brings butter, eggs, and poultry to the market, from the country; a huckster. – Johnson. [I believe not used in the United States.]

CA'DI, n. [Ar. قَايِِدٌ kaidon, governor, from قَادَ kauda; to lead, rule, or govern; Eng. guide. Hence Alcaide.]

In the Turkish dominions, a judge in civil affairs; usually the judge of a town or village, for the judge of a city or providence is called Moula. – Encyc.


A sort of pear. – Johnson.


Relating to Cadmus, a reputed prince of Thebes, who introduced into Greece the sixteen simple letters of the alphabet — α, β, γ, δ, ε, ι, κ, λ, μ, ν, ο, π, ρ, σ, τ, υ. These are called Cadmean letters. – Bryant. This personage may be a fabulous being, or if such a person ever existed, he may have been named from his knowledge of letters; for in the ancient Persian, kadeem signified language; Ir. cuadham, to tell or relate; ceadach, talkative; ceadal, a story. Or he may have been named from his eminence or antiquity, קדם kadam, to precede; Arabic, to excel; whence the sense of priority and antiquity; or his name may denote a man from the East.

CAD'MI-A, n.

An oxyd of zink which collects on the sides of furnaces where zink is sublimed, as in brass founderies. This substance is readily volatilized on charcoal, by the oxy-hydrogen blowpipe, and it burns with the usual beautiful combustion of zink. Pulverized, mixed with charcoal powder, wrapped in sheet copper, and heated with the compound blowpipe, it readily forms brass. – Silliman.