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English noun: rhythm

1. rhythm (communication) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music

SamplesThe piece has a fast rhythm.
The conductor set the beat.

Synonymsbeat, musical rhythm

Broader (hypernym)musical time

Narrower (hyponym)backbeat, downbeat, offbeat, syncopation, upbeat

2. rhythm (attribute) recurring at regular intervals

Synonymsregular recurrence

Broader (hypernym)cyclicity, periodicity

Narrower (hyponym)cardiac rhythm, heart rhythm

3. rhythm (time) an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs

SamplesThe never-ending cycle of the seasons.

Synonymscycle, round

Broader (hypernym)interval, time interval

Part holonymphase, phase angle

4. rhythm (communication) the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements

SamplesThe rhythm of Frost's poetry.

Synonymsspeech rhythm

Broader (hypernym)guide, inflection, prosody, template, templet

5. rhythm (act) 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)

Synonymscalendar method, calendar method of birth control, rhythm method, rhythm method of birth control

Broader (hypernym)natural family planning

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