rhythm

Choose the noun, rhythm, for the regular pattern of something in a cycle or the beat in a song. In the summer, your life takes on a different rhythm than during the school year.

Rhythm comes from the Greek rhythmos "measured movement, flow." The beat of a song or the meter of a poem is its rhythm. You can also describe the cycle of things that happen in life or nature like the ocean tide or the passing of the seasons as a rhythm. If you have no rhythm, you're not very good at dancing. And once your favorite basketball team has found its rhythm, you know it's going to win.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: rhythm

1
n
an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
2
n
the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
3
n
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)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: rhythm
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n an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

Synonyms:
cycle, round
Type of:
interval, time interval
a definite length of time marked off by two instants

n recurring at regular intervals

Synonyms:
regular recurrence
Types:
cardiac rhythm, heart rhythm
the rhythm of a beating heart
atrioventricular nodal rhythm, nodal rhythm
the normal cardiac rhythm when the heart is controlled by the atrioventricular node
Type of:
cyclicity, periodicity
the quality of recurring at regular intervals
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n the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

“the piece has a fast rhythm
Synonyms:
beat, musical rhythm
Types:
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backbeat
a loud steady beat
downbeat
the first beat of a musical measure (as the conductor's arm moves downward)
offbeat, upbeat
an unaccented beat (especially the last beat of a measure)
syncopation
a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat
Type of:
musical time
(music) the beat of musical rhythm

n the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements

“the rhythm of Frost's poetry”
Synonyms:
speech rhythm
Type of:
guide, template, templet
a model or standard for making comparisons
inflection, prosody
the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
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n 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)

Synonyms:
calendar method, calendar method of birth control, rhythm method, rhythm method of birth control
Type of:
natural family planning
any of several methods of family planning that do not involve sterilization or contraceptive devices or drugs; coitus is avoided during the fertile time of a woman's menstrual cycle
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