Rhyme or reason
Rhyme Rhyme, n. [OE. ryme, rime, AS. r[=i]m number; akin to OHG. r[=i]m number, succession, series, G. reim rhyme. The modern sense is due to the influence of F. rime, which is of German origin, and originally the same word.] [The Old English spelling {rime} is becoming again common. See Note under {Prime}.] 1. An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language. ``Railing rhymes.'' --Daniel. [1913 Webster]

A ryme I learned long ago. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

He knew Himself to sing, and build the lofty rime. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. (Pros.) Correspondence of sound in the terminating words or syllables of two or more verses, one succeeding another immediately or at no great distance. The words or syllables so used must not begin with the same consonant, or if one begins with a vowel the other must begin with a consonant. The vowel sounds and accents must be the same, as also the sounds of the final consonants if there be any. [1913 Webster]

For rhyme with reason may dispense, And sound has right to govern sense. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes. [1913 Webster]

4. A word answering in sound to another word. [1913 Webster]

{Female rhyme}. See under {Female}.

{Male rhyme}. See under {Male}.

{Rhyme or reason}, sound or sense.

{Rhyme royal} (Pros.), a stanza of seven decasyllabic verses, of which the first and third, the second, fourth, and fifth, and the sixth and seventh rhyme. [1913 Webster]


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