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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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