rhythm has definitions from the fields of verse,rhetoric,music
[ noun ] (music) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music


beat musical_rhythm


"the piece has a fast rhythm" "the conductor set the beat"

Used in print

(Chicago Daily Tribune...)

Hindemith 's joust with Weber tunes was a considerably more serious misfortune , for it demands translucent textures , buoyant rhythms , and astringent wit .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

The lyric beauties of Schubert 's Trout_Quintet - its elemental rhythms and infectious melodies - make it a source of pure pleasure for almost all music listeners .

Without losing the distinctive undertow of Brahmsian rhythm , the pacing is firm and the over-all performance has a tightly_knit quality that makes_for maximum cumulative effect .

(Francis Pollini, Night....)

The music drove them off , or away , and he was free to walk_on_air in a very few moments , humming and jiving within , beating the rhythm within .

The music arrived , taking him , its rhythm stroked him , snaked all through him , the lyrics lifted him , took him from one magic isle to another , stopping briefly at each .

[ noun ] recurring at regular intervals

Used in print

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

The gymnast must develop strength , flexibility , coordination , timing , rhythm , courage , discipline , persistence and the desire for perfection .

Well stretched , trained in posture and coordinated movement , and wedded to rhythm , they presented the audiences in Rome with one of the most beautiful sights ever seen at any Olympic contest .

Keeping the hands in the starting position , run in_place to a quick rhythm .

After this has become easy , use slower and slower rhythms , kicking higher and higher .

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

I must state that the faster things happened , the slower they happened ; the passage and rhythm of time changed , and when I remember back to what happened then , each event is a separate and frozen incident .

Related terms

cyclicity cardiac_rhythm

[ noun ] an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs


cycle round


"the neverending cycle of the seasons"

Used in print

(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)

Gazing at her husband 's drugged body , his chest rising and falling in mindless rhythms , she saw the grandeur of his fictional world , that lush garden from which he plucked flowers and herbs .

Related terms

time_interval phase cycle

[ noun ] (verse,rhetoric) the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements




"the rhythm of Frost's poetry"

Used in print

(Robert E. Lane, The Liberties of Wit: Humanism, Critici...)

In the calm which follows the reading of a poem , for_example , is the effect produced by the enforced quiet , by the musical quality of words and rhythm , by the sentiments or sense of the poem , by the associations with earlier readings , if it is familiar , by the boost to the self-esteem for the semi-literate , by the diversion of attention , by the sense of security in a legitimized withdrawal , by a kind license for some variety of fantasy_life regarded_as forbidden , or by half conscious ideas about the magical_power of words ?

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prosody template

[ noun ] natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period (the fertile period would be assumed to extend from day 10 through day 18 of her cycle)

Used in print

(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)

With the exception of the Roman_Catholic and the Orthodox_Catholic_Churches , most churches make no moral distinction between rhythm and mechanical or chemical contraceptives , allowing the couple free choice .