noun (used with a singular verb)

the science of rhythm and rhythmic forms.

Nearby words

  1. rhythmic,
  2. rhythmic gymnastics,
  3. rhythmical,
  4. rhythmically,
  5. rhythmicity,
  6. rhythmist,
  7. rhytidectomy,
  8. rhytidoplasty,
  9. rhytidosis,
  10. rhyton

Also rhythmic.

Origin of rhythmics

First recorded in 1860–65; rhythm + -ics




cadenced; rhythmical.


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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Examples from the Web for rhythmics

  • 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



(functioning as singular) the study of rhythmic movement


rhythmical (ˈrɪðmɪkəl)


of, relating to, or characterized by rhythm, as in movement or sound; metrical, periodic, or regularly recurring
Derived Formsrhythmically, adverbrhythmicity (rɪðˈmɪsɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for rhythmics



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

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