Definition of rhythm
1a : an ordered recurrent alternation of strong and weak elements in the flow of sound and silence in speechb : a particular example or form of rhythm iambic rhythm
2a : the aspect of music comprising all the elements (such as accent, meter, and tempo) that relate to forward movementb : a characteristic rhythmic pattern rumba rhythm; also : 1meter 2c : the group of instruments in a band supplying the rhythm —called also rhythm section
3a : movement, fluctuation, or variation marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements the rhythms of country lifeb : the repetition in a literary work of phrase, incident, character type, or symbol
5 : the effect created by the elements in a play, movie, or novel that relate to the temporal development of the action
6 : rhythm method
Examples of rhythm in a Sentence
Jets that cross time zones in a day play havoc with the natural rhythms acquired through evolution. —Nancy Shelton, Skeptical Inquirer, May/June 1996
They shattered punk orthodoxy with radical politics and jagged rhythms, their rage captured in brutally succinct outbursts. —Matt Diehl, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 1994
I would even say that when the bouncy style is not an attempt to dazzle the reader, or one's self, but to incorporate into American literary prose the rhythms, nuances, and emphases of urban and immigrant speech, the result can sometimes be a language of new and rich emotional subtleties … —Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, 1975
She walked as Doctor Reefy thought he had never seen anyone walk before. To her whole body there was a swing, a rhythm that intoxicated him. —Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, 1919
At that the others began to gibber in unison, also rising to their feet, spreading their hands and swaying their bodies in rhythm with their chant. —H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau, 1896
the composer's use of jazz rhythm
She enjoyed the rhythms of country life.
Travel can disrupt your body's daily rhythm.
Recent Examples of rhythm from the Web
Borrowing beats and rhythms from a wide range of genres, EDM artists create a cohesive sound that's almost impossible not to dance to.
Purpose: Exposure to natural light helps maintain circadian rhythms for babies, parents and staff, and views of nature reduce stress and anxiety.
Touting a much different style, the singers in The Spaniels Forever will salute a seminal rhythm-and-blues vocal group at 5:15 p.m. July 2.
AFib is a heart rhythm disorder with deadly and debilitating consequences including heart failure, stroke, reduced quality of life, and death.
For me, the biggest benefit of vacation is getting back to a natural rhythm.
Other students performed a drum routine, and Patrick bobbed her head to the rhythm and took video on her phone.
Dancers are divided into age groups and categories like jingle, fancy, grass, and traditional, and are judged based on style, rhythm, intricacy of regalia, and creativity.
Dancers making music with their feet is an easy crowd-pleaser, and a testimony to CHRP artistic director Lane Alexander's mantra that rhythm brings people together.
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RHYTHM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rhythm for English Language Learners
: a regular, repeated pattern of sounds or movements
: a regular, repeated pattern of events, changes, activities, etc.
RHYTHM Defined for Kids
Definition of rhythm for Students
: a regular repeated pattern of beats, sounds, activity, or movements
Medical Definition of rhythm
1: a regularly recurrent quantitative change in a variable biological process: asa: the pattern of recurrence of the cardiac cycle an irregular rhythmb: the recurring pattern of physical and functional changes associated with the mammalian and especially human sexual cycle
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