Definitions for Rhythmˈrɪð əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rhythmˈrɪð əm(n.)

  1. movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like.

  2. the pattern of regular or irregular pulses caused in music by the occurrence of strong and weak melodic and harmonic beats. a particular form of this:

    triple rhythm.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: rhythm section.

  3. measured movement, as in dancing.

  4. the pattern of recurrent strong and weak accents, long and short syllables, and vocalization and silence in speech.

    Category: Phonetics

  5. Pros. metrical or rhythmical form; meter. a particular kind of metrical form. metrical movement.

  6. a patterned repetition of a motif, formal element, etc., at regular or irregular intervals in the same or a modified form.

  7. Physiol. the regular recurrence of an action or function, as of the beat of the heart or the menstrual cycle.

  8. the regular recurrence of particular phases, elements, etc.:

    the rhythm of the seasons.

  9. the regular recurrence of related elements in a progression or other system of motion:

    the importance of rhythm in film editing.

Origin of rhythm:

1550–60; < L rhythmus < Gk rhythmós, akin to rheîn to flow


Princeton's WordNet

  1. rhythm, beat, musical rhythm(noun)

    the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

    "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"

  2. rhythm, regular recurrence(noun)

    recurring at regular intervals

  3. cycle, rhythm, round(noun)

    an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

    "the never-ending cycle of the seasons"

  4. rhythm, speech rhythm(noun)

    the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements

    "the rhythm of Frost's poetry"

  5. rhythm method of birth control, rhythm method, rhythm, calendar method of birth control, calendar method(noun)

    natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period (the fertile period would be assumed to extend from day 10 through day 18 of her cycle)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rhythm(noun)ˈrɪð əm

    the pattern of beats or emphasis in music or poetry

    a song with a funky rhythm; Finally, the whole band was playing in rhythm.

  2. rhythmˈrɪð əm

    a pattern that sth follows

    the rhythm of the ocean's tides; Pay attention to your body's rhythms.; rhythmic movements


  1. rhythm(Noun)

    The variation of strong and weak elements (such as duration, accent) of sounds, notably in speech or music, over time; a beat or meter.

    Dance to the rhythm of the music.

  2. rhythm(Noun)

    A specifically defined pattern of such variation

    Most dances have a rhythm as distinctive as the Iambic verse in poetry

  3. rhythm(Noun)

    A flow, repetition or regularity.

    Once you get the rhythm of it, the job will become easy.

  4. rhythm(Noun)

    The tempo or speed of a beat, song or repetetive event.

    We walked with a quick, even rhythm.

  5. rhythm(Noun)

    The musical instruments which provide rhythm (mainly; not or less melody) in a musical ensemble

    The Baroque term basso continuo is virtually equivalent to rhythm

  6. rhythm(Noun)

    A regular quantitative change in a variable (notably natural) process

  7. rhythm(Noun)

    Controlled repetition of a phrase, incident or other element as a stylistic figure in literature and other narrative arts; the effect it creates

    The running gag is a popular rhythm in motion pictures and theater comedy

  8. Origin: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rhythm(noun)

    in the widest sense, a dividing into short portions by a regular succession of motions, impulses, sounds, accents, etc., producing an agreeable effect, as in music poetry, the dance, or the like

  2. Rhythm(noun)

    movement in musical time, with periodical recurrence of accent; the measured beat or pulse which marks the character and expression of the music; symmetry of movement and accent

  3. Rhythm(noun)

    a division of lines into short portions by a regular succession of arses and theses, or percussions and remissions of voice on words or syllables

  4. Rhythm(noun)

    the harmonious flow of vocal sounds


  1. Rhythm

    Rhythm generally means a "movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions." This general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time can apply to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything from microseconds to millions of years. In the performance arts rhythm is the timing of events on a human scale; of musical sounds and silences, of the steps of a dance, or the meter of spoken language and poetry. Rhythm may also refer to visual presentation, as "timed movement through space." and a common language of pattern unites rhythm with geometry. In recent years, rhythm and meter have become an important area of research among music scholars. Recent work in these areas includes books by Maury Yeston, Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff, Jonathan Kramer, Christopher Hasty, Godfried Toussaint, William Rothstein, and Joel Lester.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rhythm' in Nouns Frequency: #1785

Translations for Rhythm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a regular, repeated pattern of sounds, stresses or beats in music, poetry etc

Just listen to the rhythm of those drums; complicated rhythms.

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