Definitions for: Rhythm

[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)
[n] recurring at regular intervals
[n] the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements; "the rhythm of Frost's poetry"
[n] the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; "the piece has a fast rhythm"; "the conductor set the beat"
[n] an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; "the neverending cycle of the seasons"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rhythm, n. [F. rhythme, rythme, L. rhythmus, fr. Gr.
??? measured motion, measure, proportion, fr. "rei^n to flow.
See Stream.]
1. In the widest sense, a dividing into short portions by a
regular succession of motions, impulses, sounds, accents,
etc., producing an agreeable effect, as in music poetry,
the dance, or the like.

2. (Mus.) Movement in musical time, with periodical
recurrence of accent; the measured beat or pulse which
marks the character and expression of the music; symmetry
of movement and accent. --Moore (Encyc.)

3. A division of lines into short portions by a regular
succession of arses and theses, or percussions and
remissions of voice on words or syllables.

4. The harmonious flow of vocal sounds.

Synonyms: beat, calendar method, calendar method of birth control, cycle, musical rhythm, regular recurrence, rhythm method, rhythm method of birth control, round, speech rhythm

See Also: backbeat, cardiac rhythm, cyclicity, downbeat, guide, heart rhythm, inflection, interval, musical time, natural family planning, periodicity, phase, phase angle, prosody, syncopation, template, templet, time interval, upbeat

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