- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM rhythmrhythmless, adjectivenon·rhythm, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rhythmrhyme, rhythm
How to use rhythm in a sentence
Bright light is what keeps our circadian rhythms in good order.Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder With This New Tracker|DailyBurn|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The steady, entrancing rhythms are a well-established motif in dramatizations of the American war in Vietnam.
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
You would need to go back to the 19th century to find rhythms in popular music with so little syncopation.
But when whole careers are now staked on micro-sized melodies and formulaic rhythms, the lawsuits are bound to proliferate.
Rarely indeed are his rhythms uniform, while they frequently shift from line to line.
Strange involuntary rhythms swung through my spirit and body.Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp
The latter is a composition of the literary German with dialectic forms, and his rhythms are halting, his ideas one-sided.
Everything she heard wandered off into melodies, melted into harmonies, divided itself up into rhythms.The Devourers|Annie Vivanti Chartres
Of course scales must be carefully studied, with various accents, rhythms and tonal dynamics; arpeggios also.Piano Mastery|Harriette Brower
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.