rhyth·​mic | \ˈrit͟h-mik \
variants: or rhythmical \ˈriṯẖ-​mi-​kəl \

Definition of rhythmic 

1 : marked by or moving in pronounced rhythm

2 : of, relating to, or involving rhythm

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Other Words from rhythmic

rhythmically \ˈriṯẖ-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for rhythmic


cadenced, cadent, measured, metrical (or metric)


arrhythmic, nonmetrical, unmeasured, unrhythmic

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Examples of rhythmic in a Sentence

We could hear a rhythmic drumming outside. lulled to sleep by the rhythmic sound of her mother's voice reading the Bible

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But as Xiomara wrestles to embrace her independence and nascent sexuality in the face of a censorious, extremely religious mother, The Poet X eventually reveals itself as a rhythmic literalization of a young woman finding her voice. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 But the Alteñas are an all-female mariachi group — and since their inception in 2002, their rhythmic guitarrón strums and proud trumpet blasts have bested many of their male counterparts at invitation-only competitions. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Taking up jogging might not be a typical reaction to a stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis, but that’s how Ronda Carter fell in love with the therapeutic, challenging, and rhythmic nature of putting one foot in front of the other. Serena Solomon, Woman's Day, "Breast Cancer Changed Ronda Carter's Life; Now, She's Doing the Same for Others," 24 Sep. 2018 Like in the previous version, a cool and fading steel guitar compliments the rhythmic melody and calming percussion. Fox News, "Stevie Nicks and LeAnn Rimes share heartbreak in 'Borrowed' duet," 16 July 2018 This playful exchange between dancers, singers and drummers is the rhythmic backbone of Afro-Boricuas here. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018 On any given evening, tenor saxophonist Catalano churns out more power, decibels and rhythmic thrust than a human pair of lungs might reasonably be expected to produce. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Vonski bash to Salvant soiree, a busy jazz weekend," 8 Mar. 2018 While the video was edited down from a two-hour session, the footage is still impressive for a 10-year-old, considering the rhythmic complexities that make up Lars Ulrich's contributions to the Metallica catalog. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Drummer, 10, Plays Entire Metallica Discography in 12 Minutes: Watch," 13 June 2018 What lead author Nick J Spencer, a neurophysiology professor at Flinders University, and his team found by using high resolution neuronal imaging on mice was that the firing of these neurons down below happens in a rhythmic pattern. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Your body has a 'second brain,' and here's how it keeps your butt smart, study says," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of rhythmic

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of rhythmic

: having a regular repeated pattern of sounds or movements


rhyth·​mic | \ˈrit͟h-mik \
variants: or rhythmical \-​mi-​kəl \

Kids Definition of rhythmic

: having a regular repeated pattern of beats, sounds, activity, or movements As the windshield wipers began their rhythmic exercise, the family rode in silence …— Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby

Other Words from rhythmic

rhythmically adverb


rhyth·​mic | \ˈrit͟h-mik \
variants: or rhythmical \-​mi-​kəl \

Medical Definition of rhythmic 

1 : of, relating to, or involving rhythm

2 : marked by or moving in pronounced rhythm rhythmic contractions

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rhythmically \-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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