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rhythmics

[rith-miks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the science of rhythm and rhythmic forms.
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Also rhythmic.

Origin of rhythmics

First recorded in 1860–65; rhythm + -ics

rhythmic

[rith-mik]
adjective
  1. cadenced; rhythmical.
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noun
  1. rhythmics.
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Origin of rhythmic

1595–1605; < Late Latin rhythmicus < Greek rhythmikós. See rhythm, -ic
Related formshy·per·rhyth·mic, adjectivenon·rhyth·mic, adjectivesem·i·rhyth·mic, adjectiveun·rhyth·mic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • What right have people to sing who know nothing about rhythmics, melodies, dynamics?

    Around The Tea-Table

    T. De Witt Talmage


British Dictionary definitions for rhythmics

rhythmics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the study of rhythmic movement
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rhythmic

rhythmical (ˈrɪðmɪkəl)

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by rhythm, as in movement or sound; metrical, periodic, or regularly recurring
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Derived Formsrhythmically, adverbrhythmicity (rɪðˈmɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for rhythmics

rhythmic

adj.

1560s, from French rhythmique or directly from Latin rhythmicus, from Greek rhythmikos, from rhythmos (see rhythm). Related: Rhythmical; rhythmically.

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