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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Bareilles's score offers all kinds of interesting rhythmic variety while maintaining the tuneful accessibility expected of a Broadway musical. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018 FRAMINGHAM Dazzling footwork, edgy contemporary jazz, rhythmic African beats, magnificent costumes. BostonGlobe.com, "Zoo animals, an outdoor festival, and ice cream help kick off summer," 15 June 2018 The designs, which take on a theme of rhythmic pattern and movement, have been as large as 30 feet, draping from the ceiling down to the floor. Susie Schmank, Indianapolis Star, "Gunpowder art, fingerpainting and 4 more unexpected artists at the Stutz Open House," 24 Apr. 2018 His captivating performance was complemented well by the ensemble’s successful navigation of the work’s rhythmic drive and vivid colors. Jessica Rudman, courant.com, "HSO's Celebration Of American Composers An Exciting Romp," 7 Apr. 2018 And in this performance there was no missing Bernstein’s love of jazz syncopation and rhythmic propulsion. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "CSO at Ravinia review: Marin Alsop poetically launches Bernstein tribute," 13 July 2018 The left-hand rhythmic spring that can propel the most introspective Mozart performance forward wasn’t quite there. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 July 2018 Fortunately for him, Mozart’s concerto places the burden on the right hand, which is tasked with runs and rhythmic complexity while the left often sets the mood with chords placed neatly on the beat. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Lang Lang, Classical Music’s Superstar, Returns Quietly," 8 July 2018 Tangy harmonies come and go, the rhythmic framework continually shifts, and the music’s center of gravity moves from one part of the orchestra to another. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Symphony & Chorus close season with trademark eclecticism," 10 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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