From Latin rhythmus, from Ancient Greek ῥυθμός (rhuthmós, “any measured flow or movement, symmetry, rhythm”), from ῥέω (rhéō, “I flow, run, stream, gush”).
rhythm (countable and uncountable, plural rhythms)
- The variation of the duration of sounds over time; a beat or meter.
- Dance to the rhythm of the music.
- A specifically defined pattern of such variation.
- Most dances have a rhythm as distinctive as the Iambic verse in poetry
- The tempo or speed of a beat, song, or repeated event.
- She walked with a quick, even rhythm.
- A flow, repetition or regularity.
- Once you get the rhythm of it, the job will become easy.
- The musical instruments which provide rhythm (mainly; more than the melody) in a musical ensemble.
- The core elements of the rhythm section are usually the drums and Bass guitar
- A regular quantitative change in a variable (notably natural) process.
- The rhythm of the seasons dominates agriculture as well as wildlife
- 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
- A person's natural feeling for rhythm.
- He's a terrible dancer, he's got no rhythm!
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