Rhythm meaning

rĭth'əm
Rhythm is a recurring movement of sound or speech.

An example of rhythm is the rising and falling of someone's voice.

An example of rhythm is someone dancing in time with music.

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Basically regular recurrence of grouped stressed and unstressed, long and short, or high-pitched and low-pitched syllables in alternation; arrangement of successive syllables, as in metrical units (feet) or cadences, according to their relative stress, quantity, or pitch.
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Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions.

The rhythm of the tides.

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The pattern of development produced in a literary or dramatic work by repetition of elements such as words, phrases, incidents, themes, images, and symbols.
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The patterning of musical sound, as by differences in the timing, duration, or stress of consecutive notes.
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Procedure or routine characterized by regularly recurring elements, activities, or factors.

The rhythm of civilization; the rhythm of the lengthy negotiations.

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Instruments on which the rhythm can be played; specif.,
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The patterned, recurring alternations of contrasting elements of sound or speech.
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A group of instruments supplying the rhythm in a band.
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A specific kind of metrical pattern or flow.

Iambic rhythm.

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The pattern or flow of sound created by the arrangement of stressed and unstressed syllables in accentual verse or of long and short syllables in quantitative verse.
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The similar but less formal sequence of sounds in prose.
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The sense of temporal development created in a work of literature or a film by the arrangement of formal elements such as the length of scenes, the nature and amount of dialogue, or the repetition of motifs.
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A regular or harmonious pattern created by lines, forms, and colors in painting, sculpture, and other visual arts.
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An effect of ordered movement in a work of art, literature, drama, etc. attained through patterns in the timing, spacing, repetition, accenting, etc. of the elements.
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A periodic occurrence in living organisms of specific physiological changes, as the menstrual cycle, or a seasonal or daily variation in some activity, as sleep or feeding, in response to geophysical factors.
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Flow, movement, procedure, etc. characterized by basically regular recurrence of elements or features, as beat, or accent, in alternation with opposite or different elements or features.

The rhythm of speech, dancing, the heartbeat, etc.

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Such recurrence; pattern of flow or movement.
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Basically regular recurrence of grouped strong and weak beats, or heavily and lightly accented tones, in alternation; arrangement of successive tones, usually in measures, according to their relative accentuation and duration.
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The form or pattern of this.

Waltz rhythm.

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The form or pattern of this.

Iambic rhythm.

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An earlier suite of supply chain management software from i2 Technologies that ran on Unix, NT and mainframes. Modules offered specific planning and scheduling reports and algorithms for more than a dozen industries.
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The variation of strong and weak elements (such as duration, accent) of sounds, notably in speech or music, over time; a beat or meter.

Dance to the rhythm of the music.

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A specifically defined pattern of such variation.

Most dances have a rhythm as distinctive as the Iambic verse in poetry.

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Once you get the rhythm of it, the job will become easy.

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The tempo or speed of a beat, song or repetitive event.

We walked with a quick, even rhythm.

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The musical instruments which provide rhythm (mainly; not or less melody) in a musical ensemble.

The Baroque term basso continuo is virtually equivalent to rhythm.

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A regular quantitative change in a variable (notably natural) process.

The rhythm of the seasons dominates agriculture as well as wildlife.

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Controlled repetition of a phrase, incident or other element as a stylistic figure in literature and other narrative arts; the effect it creates.

The running gag is a popular rhythm in motion pictures and theater comedy.

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A specific kind of such patterning.

A waltz rhythm.

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Origin of rhythm

First coined 1557, from Latin rhythmus, from Ancient Greek ῥυθμός (rhythmos, “any measured flow or movement, symmetry, rhythm"), from ῥέω (rhèō, “I flow, run, stream, gush").