noun Etymology: Middle French & Latin; Middle French rhythme, from Latin rhythmus, from Greek rhythmos, probably from rhein to flow — more at stream Date: 1560 1. a. an ordered recurrent alternation of strong and weak elements in the flow of sound and silence in speech b. a particular example or form of rhythm <
iambic rhythm
2. a. the aspect of music comprising all the elements (as accent, meter, and tempo) that relate to forward movement b. a characteristic rhythmic pattern <
rumba rhythm
; also meter I,2 c. the group of instruments in a band supplying the rhythm — called also rhythm section 3. a. movement, fluctuation, or variation marked by the regular recurrence or natural flow of related elements <
the rhythms of country life
b. the repetition in a literary work of phrase, incident, character type, or symbol 4. a regularly recurrent quantitative change in a variable biological process <
a circadian rhythm
— compare biorhythm 5. the effect created by the elements in a play, movie, or novel that relate to the temporal development of the action 6. rhythm method

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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