What does rhythm mean?

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ˈrɪð əmrhythm

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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)

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

  2. rhythm(Noun)

    A specifically defined pattern of such variation

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

    Etymology: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

  3. rhythm(Noun)

    A flow, repetition or regularity.

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

    Etymology: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

  4. rhythm(Noun)

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

    We walked with a quick, even rhythm.

    Etymology: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

  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

    Etymology: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

  6. rhythm(Noun)

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

    Etymology: First coined 1557, from rhythmus, from ῥυθμός, from ῥέω.

  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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. rhythme, rythme, L. rhythmus, fr. Gr. measured motion, measure, proportion, fr. "rei^n to flow. See Stream.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. rhythme, rythme, L. rhythmus, fr. Gr. measured motion, measure, proportion, fr. "rei^n to flow. See Stream.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. rhythme, rythme, L. rhythmus, fr. Gr. measured motion, measure, proportion, fr. "rei^n to flow. See Stream.]

  4. Rhythm(noun)

    the harmonious flow of vocal sounds

    Etymology: [F. rhythme, rythme, L. rhythmus, fr. Gr. measured motion, measure, proportion, fr. "rei^n to flow. See Stream.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rhythm

    rithm, or rithm, n. flowing motion: metre: regular recurrence of accents: harmony of proportion: a measure, or foot: (mus.) the regular succession of heavy and light accents: (phys.) the succession of alternate and opposite states.—adjs. Rhyth′mic, -al, having or pertaining to rhythm or metre.—adv. Rhyth′mically.—n. Rhyth′mics, the science of rhythm.—v.t. and v.i. Rhyth′mise, to subject to rhythm: to observe rhythm.—n. Rhyth′mist, one who composes in rhythm.—adj. Rhythm′less, destitute of rhythm.—ns. Rhythmom′eter, an instrument for marking rhythms for music, a metronome; Rhythmopœ′ia, the art of composing rhythmically. [L.,—Gr. rhythmosrhein, to flow.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rhythm

    A regular movement, feeling or sound.

    The rhythm of the music makes us want to dance.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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How to say rhythm in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhythm in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rhythm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of rhythm in a Sentence

  1. Limpsync:

    Music is emotion set to rhythm and tone.

  2. Hazrat Inayat Khan:

    We grown-up people think that we appreciate music, but if we realized the sense that an infant has brought with it of appreciating sound and rhythm, we would never boast of knowing music. The infant is music itself. In the cradle it in moving its little arms and legs in a certain rhythm. And when our music falls on the ears of an infant it is of the lowest character compared with the music it is accustomed to.

  3. Anthony Carlyon:

    Our cardiac arrest results are very impressive, with our survival rates among the world’s best, about 30 % of people whose heart is in a shockable rhythm survive, which is a 10-fold increase compared to survival rates in 1995.

  4. Frank Reich:

    The quarterback and the center really have to have complete control over (protection schemes) and I think Jacoby has made major he was good last year, but I really think hes made major strides to get really good in that area, and just generally speaking, getting the ball out quick with rhythm, with timing.

  5. Juergen Klopp:

    We had to make changes, that is always a bit of a rhythm breaker, in the final third everything is instinct between the regulars, and we missed a bit of that.

Images & Illustrations of rhythm

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