rhythm Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Definition of “rhythm” - English Dictionary

"rhythm" in American English

See all translations

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)







"rhythm" in British English

See all translations

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of rhythm from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of rhythm?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“rhythm” in English

Word of the Day

new wave

people who are doing activities in a new and different way

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

awesomesauce noun
awesomesauce noun
February 01, 2016
slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

Read More