Meaning of coda

co•da

Pronunciation: (kō'du), [key]
— n.
  1. a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.
  2. the concluding section of a ballet, esp. the final part of a pas de deux.
  3. a concluding section or part, esp. one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.
  4. anything that serves as a concluding part.
  5. the segment of a syllable following the nucleus, as the d-sound in good. Cf. core (def. 14),(def. 3).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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