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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)

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.

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."