- 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: duple rhythm; triple rhythm.
- metrical or rhythmical form; meter; cadence.
- a particular kind of metrical form.
- metrical movement.
Origin of rhythm
Related formsrhythm·less, adjectivenon·rhythm, noun
Can be confusedrhyme rhythm
Examples from the Web for rhythm
Sometimes a column has the economy and rhythm of a short story.
Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.
A car parked at a red light honked its horn in rhythm with the chant as the crowd passed in front of it.
Most rhythm sections play pretty straight, but we were pushing him, the way we were with Miles.
I never got a definitive answer, but I think he was used to having a rhythm section that would not be that dynamic under him.
Many good stories have rhythm, recurrence, repetition of the leit motiv.Picture-Work|Walter L. (Walter Lowrie) Hervey
The heart's action is often disturbed in its rhythm, and sympathetic dyspnoea leads to suspicion of disease of the lungs.
Rhythm was simply ease, as separateness, due to want of rhythm, was dis-ease.The Promise of Air|Algernon Blackwood
The drums took on a rhythm, a throbbing in 5/8 time, rapid, venomous.West Of The Sun|Edgar Pangborn
Don't smile, because I have explored the most fantastic regions of rhythm, hitherto undreamed.Melomaniacs|James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for rhythm
- 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
- any specific arrangement of such groupings; timequadruple rhythm
- the arrangement of words into a more or less regular sequence of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables
- any specific such arrangement; metre
Derived Formsrhythmless, adjective
Word Origin for rhythm
Medicine definitions for rhythm
Culture definitions for 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.