- 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.
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Origin of rhythm
OTHER WORDS FROM rhythmrhythmless, adjectivenon·rhythm, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rhythmrhyme, rhythm
Example sentences from the Web for rhythm
Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception is on display at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria until June 15.Art Goes High-Tech at These Four Innovative Exhibits|Justin Jones|May 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The most distinctive thing about Reflektor is the sound of it—the production, the arrangements, the rhythms.‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World|Andrew Romano|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He is reserved when saying this, his Brooklyn accent influenced by the rhythms of the Caribbean of St. Vincent.
And then you have to find all the rhythms to get the juice out of it.Alec Baldwin & Robert Carlock On How They Made '30 Rock' So Funny|Alec Baldwin, Robert Carlock|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
For me, the big thing was I had to unhear the rhythms in my head of the way everybody else had done it.The Damsels in ‘Damsels in Distress’ Discuss the Film, Director Whit Stillman, and Women in Films|Geoff Berkshire|April 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Rarely indeed are his rhythms uniform, while they frequently shift from line to line.
But Tschaikowsky deforms the rhythms of nature with the caprices of half-civilised impulses.Plays, Acting and Music|Arthur Symons
The true poet projects visions and rhythms out from his brain, and gazes at and hearkens to them.Essays sthetical|George Calvert
He wrote the light, airy, lovely, fanciful tunes and rhythms that were singing within him.Child's Own Book of Great Musicians: Grieg|Thomas Tapper
Due to the effect of contrasted accents the passage is most exciting—two rhythms being treated at once.Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding
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 forms of rhythmrhythmless, adjective
Word Origin for rhythm
Medical definitions for rhythm
Cultural 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.