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rhythm section

noun Music.
  1. band instruments, as drums or bass, that supply rhythm rather than harmony or melody.
  2. the group of players in a band who play such instruments.
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Origin of rhythm section

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for rhythm section

rhythm section

noun
  1. those instruments in a band or group (usually piano, double bass, and drums) whose prime function is to supply the rhythm
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