View synonyms for rhythmically


[ rith-mik-lee ]


  1. with uniform or patterned repetition, as of a beat or a particular movement or sound:

    One student always taps his pencil rhythmically as he studies, saying it helps him think.

  2. Music. in a way that relates to or emphasizes a regular pattern of strong and weak beats:

    This part of the piece is rhythmically and harmonically quite simple, with phrases of unsurprising length and uninterrupted flow.

  3. with measured or flowing movement, as in dancing:

    Tall reeds edging the road were waving rhythmically back and forth with the wind.

  4. Art, Literature. with or by means of the patterned repetition of a motif or formal element in the same or a modified form:

    In Cézanne’s Large Bathers, I like the patterned arrangement of rhythmically leaning trees and the figures gathered under their triangular canopy.

  5. Prosody. in a way that relates to or makes effective use of poetic meter:

    His poems are among the most vivid and rhythmically alluring in the English language.

  6. Theater, Movies. in a way that alternates between dialogue and description, shorter and longer scenes or sentences, etc., in order to create a measured or patterned effect of movement, tension, and emotion:

    The war correspondent’s story flows rhythmically and sensually from one conflict to another.

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Other Words From

  • hy·per·rhyth·mi·cal·ly adverb
  • non·rhyth·mi·cal·ly adverb
  • sem·i·rhyth·mi·cal·ly adverb
  • un·rhyth·mi·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of rhythmically1

First recorded in 1680–90; rhythmical ( def ) + -ly ( def )

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Example Sentences

Breaking the offending sentence into two sentences is grammatically correct but often rhythmically wrong.

He danced rhythmically—at times, as if he were alone in his own studio—and circumambulated the blocklike Rick Owens furniture.

Knife and fork push against one another rhythmically on the plate, like oars on a boat.

They wait patiently until his task is done, all the time purring gently and rhythmically in a sort of sotto voce accompaniment.

The heart was exposed and compressed rhythmically; it was restored to action, and he began to breathe.

Thoughts ran on rhythmically, in the steady, flashing movement through verdant England.

In accompaniment, some one was beating softly on the anvil, and the bellows were blowing rhythmically.

When I go to the barnyard after night I can hear her grunting rhythmically under about four feet of straw.





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