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 it's heard by everyone in the taproom who ignore Brianna's screams for help and the rhythmic banging on the floor. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 8," 24 Dec. 2018 Because that rhythmic sound is actually the repetitive cadence of careful craftsmanship. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cut a Bunch of Wood the Exact Same Width," 8 Nov. 2018 The film uses sound well overall (music cues included), and Yorke’s ethereal and rhythmic impulses feel appropriate here. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Suspiria and Border offer two very different tales of otherworldly creatures," 26 Oct. 2018 The pair spent a decade developing the album’s 11 terse, fat-free tracks, arranging impossibly dense packets of visceral noise into ferocious rhythmic patterns borrowed from club music. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Two generations of noisy oddballs from the LA underground descend on Chicago," 15 June 2018 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

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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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