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[rith -mik] /ˈrɪð mɪk/
cadenced; rhythmical.
Origin of rhythmic
1595-1605; < Late Latin rhythmicus < Greek rhythmikós. See rhythm, -ic
Related forms
hyperrhythmic, adjective
nonrhythmic, adjective
semirhythmic, adjective
unrhythmic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rhythmic
  • Repeat the rhythmic preparation and take a long stretch the other direction.
  • But all compulsive patients tend to repeat, to isolate their actions from others and to subject them to a rhythmic sequence.
  • The effect is a stunning first notice, a rhythmic horizontal read and then a deep plunge into the painting's inner structure.
  • When nerve cells fired, loudspeakers sounded a series of rhythmic pops.
  • The same rhythmic music is also played during the fight, the beat increasing in intensity during each round.
  • Brain cells emit electronic signals in a rhythmic, up-and-down pattern.
  • It seems that dyslexics may have particular difficulty in processing rhythmic patterns in speech.
  • Our music is rhythmic and loved by people all over the world.
  • Accompanying all this activity was the rhythmic swooshing of milk flowing through the overhead pipeline.
  • The chimpanzees' hair will stand on end and then they start this rhythmic swaying from side to side.
British Dictionary definitions for rhythmic


of, relating to, or characterized by rhythm, as in movement or sound; metrical, periodic, or regularly recurring
Derived Forms
rhythmically, adverb
rhythmicity (rɪðˈmɪsɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for rhythmic

1560s, from French rhythmique or directly from Latin rhythmicus, from Greek rhythmikos, from rhythmos (see rhythm). Related: Rhythmical; rhythmically.

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