Definition of "rhythm" []

  • Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions: the rhythm of the tides. (noun)
  • The patterned, recurring alternations of contrasting elements of sound or speech. (noun)
  • Music The pattern of musical movement through time. (noun)
  • Music A specific kind of such a pattern, formed by a series of notes differing in duration and stress: a waltz rhythm. (noun)
  • Music A group of instruments supplying the rhythm in a band. (noun)
  • The arrangement of the relative durations of and accents on the notes of a melody, usually laid out into regular groups (bars) of beats, the first beat of each bar carrying the stress (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any specific arrangement of such groupings; time (noun)
  • The arrangement of words into a more or less regular sequence of stressed and unstressed or long and short syllables (noun)
  • Any specific such arrangement; metre (noun)
  • (in painting, sculpture, architecture, etc) a harmonious sequence or pattern of masses alternating with voids, of light alternating with shade, of alternating colours, etc (noun)
  • Any sequence of regularly recurring functions or events, such as the regular recurrence of certain physiological functions of the body, as the cardiac rhythm of the heartbeat (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rhythm" in a sentence
  • "Phoenix's offense was in rhythm from the start as the Suns jumped out to a 27-22 lead after the first quarter."
  • "And when its co-founder, Herb Abramson, was called up by the Army in 1953, Erte­gun drafted Jerry Wexler, who'd coined the term "rhythm and blues" in the first place, to replace him as a partner."
  • "Clapping to keep the rhythm is also beneficial in this exercise."