coda
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkəʊ.də/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkoʊ.də/
Noun

coda (plural codas)

  1. (music) A passage that brings a movement or piece to a conclusion through prolongation.
    Synonyms: finale
    Coordinate terms: chorus#English|chorus, refrain#English|refrain
  2. (phonology) The optional final part of a syllable, placed after its nucleus, and usually composed of one or more consonants.
    Synonyms: auslaut
    Antonyms: onset
    Coordinate terms: onset#English|onset, nucleus#English|nucleus, rime#English|rime
    The word “salts” has three consonants — /l/, /t/, and /s/ — in its coda, whereas the word “glee” has no coda at all.
  3. (geology) In seismograms, the gradual return to baseline after a seismic event. The length of the coda can be used to estimate event magnitude, and the shape sometimes reveals details of subsurface structures.
  4. (figuratively) A conclusion (of a statement or event, for example), final portion, tail end.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 9,
      Downstairs, a little later, in the drawing room, the coda of the party was unwinding, and Gerald opening new bottles of champagne as though he made no distinction between the boring drunks who "sat," and the knowing few of the inner circle, gathered round the empty marble fireplace.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)
      In gray stormy light, their painted eyes stare out at the Mediterranean—at Homer’s wine-dark sea, at a corridor into modernity. But in memory my walk’s true coda in the Middle East came earlier.
  5. Alternative spelling of CODA
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CODA
Noun

coda (plural codas)

  1. A person born hearing to deaf parents.



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