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noun rhythm pronunciation in British English /ˈrɪðəm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a regular pattern of sounds or movements
    the slow rhythm of the rocking chair
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] music a regular pattern of sounds in music that you can show by moving, hitting your hands together, or hitting a drum or other surface
    He tapped out the rhythm on the table.
    Five drummers kept up a constant rhythm.
    They began moving together to the rhythm of the music.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] the ability to recognize or produce a regular pattern of sounds in music
      a sense of rhythm
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  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] literature a regular pattern of syllables in poetry
  4. 4
    [countable] a regular pattern in nature or in life
    the rhythm of the tides
    Sleeping tablets upset the normal rhythms of sleep.
  5. 5
    [countable] a pattern in an activity that makes it enjoyable to watch or easy to do
    She never found her rhythm against the younger player.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] art a pattern in a work of art that makes it beautiful
      the rhythms of light and shade in his drawings


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