rhythmic

adjective
rhyth·​mic | \ ˈrit͟h-mik How to pronounce rhythmic (audio) \
variants: or rhythmical \ ˈriṯẖ-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce rhythmical (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rhythmically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for rhythmic

Synonyms

cadenced, cadent, measured, metrical (or metric)

Antonyms

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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The combination of openness and complexity in this music spells a certain kind of possibility: Mr. Mitchell took a solo that was almost entirely eighth notes, with nearly no rests, and still seemed to create rhythmic suspense at every turn. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "March in Live Jazz: 5 Standout Shows," 30 Mar. 2018 Throughout the night, speeches were interspersed with rhythmic performances from the Institute’s dance troop. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "The National Dance Institute Hosts Its 43rd Annual Gala," 16 Apr. 2019 For more than half a century, jazz musicians have been finding new rhythmic inspiration in the indigenous genres of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Clockwise’ by Anna Webber: Putting a Fresh Twist on Music History," 10 Apr. 2019 Thus, the harmonic and rhythmic weight is carried equally by both musicians, lending this music rare balance. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Duologue’ by Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez Review: Channeling Cross-Cultural Passions," 26 Jan. 2019 Now seems like exactly the right time for movies to tackle these themes, and first-time feature director Carlos López Estrada shapes Blindspotting’s interpretation of them into a rhythmic, hilarious, deeply felt mixture of hard truth and real life. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 Muti put the emphasis on rhythmic snap and surging vitality, laying on waves of thunderous brass and rumbling percussion. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Review: John Malkovich's wan narration disappoints in CSO reading of 'Lincoln Portrait'," 13 Apr. 2018 The music on it is all improvised, but its rhythmic snap and locked-in precision are unmistakable. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz pianist Kris Davis pivots from her recent collaborative projects for a rare solo concert in Chicago," 8 Mar. 2018 The idea to add a rhythmic component to his playing originated in a completely different genre – bluegrass. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Beatboxing flutist and boundary-pushing chamber music trio bring ‘AltSounds’ to symphony | Charlotte Observer," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rhythmic

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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rhythmic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rhythmic

: having a regular repeated pattern of sounds or movements

rhythmic

adjective
rhyth·​mic | \ ˈrit͟h-mik How to pronounce rhythmic (audio) \
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

rhythmic

adjective
rhyth·​mic | \ ˈrit͟h-mik How to pronounce rhythmic (audio) \
variants: or rhythmical \ -​mi-​kəl How to pronounce rhythmical (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhythmic

1 : of, relating to, or involving rhythm
2 : marked by or moving in pronounced rhythm rhythmic contractions

Other Words from rhythmic

rhythmically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce rhythmically (audio) \ adverb

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