rhythm Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"rhythm" in British English

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rhythmnoun

uk   us   /ˈrɪð.əm/
B2 [C or U] a ​strongpattern of ​sounds, words, or ​musicalnotes that is used in ​music, ​poetry, and ​dancing: He ​beat out a ​jazz rhythm on the ​drums. I've got no sense of rhythm, so I'm a ​terribledancer.B2 [C or U] a ​regularmovement or ​pattern of ​movements: She was ​lulled to ​sleep by the ​gentle rhythm of the ​boat in the ​water. She ​hit the ​ball so hard that her ​opponent had no ​chance to ​establish any rhythm in her ​game. [C] a ​regularpattern of ​change, ​especially one that ​happens in ​nature: the rhythm of the ​seasons Breathing and ​sleeping are ​examples of biological rhythms in ​humans.
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(Definition of rhythm from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rhythm" in American English

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rhythmnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈrɪð·əm/
music a ​regularlyrepeatedpattern of ​sounds or ​beats used in ​music, ​poems, and ​dances: [C] a ​jazz rhythm [U] You need a ​sense of rhythm to be a good ​dancer. Rhythm is also a ​regularmovement: [C] The rhythm of a ​boatrocking in the ​waterlulled him to ​sleep. Rhythm is also a ​regularpattern of ​change: [C] Waking and ​sleeping are ​examples of ​biological rhythms.
rhythmic
adjective  us   /ˈrɪð·mɪk/ (also rhythmical,  /ˈrɪð·mɪ·kəl/ )
The rhythmic ​sound of the ​rain on the ​roof put the ​child to ​sleep.
(Definition of rhythm from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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