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.

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
1

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 recurrence 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
2

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
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)

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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