rhythm

Use the noun rhythm to refer to 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.

Definitions of rhythm
  1. noun
    an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs
    synonyms: cycle, round
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    type of:
    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  2. noun
    recurrence at regular intervals
    synonyms: regular recurrence
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    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
  3. noun
    the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music
    “the piece has a fast rhythm
    synonyms: beat, musical rhythm
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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
  4. noun
    the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements
    “the rhythm of Frost's poetry”
    synonyms: speech rhythm
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    type of:
    guide, template, templet
    a model or standard for making comparisons
    inflection, prosody
    the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
  5. 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)
    synonyms: calendar method, calendar method of birth control, rhythm method, rhythm method of birth control
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    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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