rhythm

[ rith-uhm ]
/ ˈrɪð əm /

noun

Origin of rhythm

1550–60; < Latin rhythmus < Greek rhythmós; compare rheîn to flow

Related forms

rhythm·less, adjectivenon·rhythm, noun

Can be confused

rhyme rhythm
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British Dictionary definitions for rhythm

rhythm

/ (ˈrɪðəm) /

noun

  1. the arrangement of the relative durations of and accents on the notes of a melody, usually laid out into regular groups (bars) of beats, the first beat of each bar carrying the stress
  2. any specific arrangement of such groupings; timequadruple rhythm
(in poetry)
  1. the arrangement of words into a more or less regular sequence of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables
  2. any specific such arrangement; metre
(in painting, sculpture, architecture, etc) a harmonious sequence or pattern of masses alternating with voids, of light alternating with shade, of alternating colours, etc
any sequence of regularly recurring functions or events, such as the regular recurrence of certain physiological functions of the body, as the cardiac rhythm of the heartbeat

Derived Forms

rhythmless, adjective

Word Origin for rhythm

C16: from Latin rhythmus, from Greek rhuthmos; related to rhein to flow
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Medicine definitions for rhythm

rhythm

[ rĭðəm ]

n.

Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions, as in the heartbeat.

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Culture definitions for rhythm

rhythm

The “beat” of music; the regular pattern of long and short notes. Certain kinds of music, such as blues or marches, have a very characteristic rhythm. Rhythm, harmony, and melody are elements of music.


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