American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Correspondence of terminal sounds of words or of lines of verse.
- n. A poem or verse having a regular correspondence of sounds, especially at the ends of lines.
- n. Poetry or verse of this kind.
- n. A word that corresponds with another in terminal sound, as behold and cold.
- v. To form a rhyme.
- v. To compose rhymes or verse.
- v. To make use of rhymes in composing verse.
- v. To put into rhyme or compose with rhymes.
- v. To use (a word or words) as a rhyme.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. etc. See rime, etc.
- n. obsolete Number.
- n. countable, uncountable Rhyming verse (poetic form)
- n. A thought expressed in verse; a verse; a poem; a tale told in verse.
- n. countable A word that rhymes with another.
- n. uncountable Rhyming: sameness of sound of part of some words.
- n. countable, uncountable Rhyming verse (poetic form).
- n. linguistics rime
- v. transitive, obsolete To number; count; reckon.
- v. transitive To compose or treat in verse; versify.
- v. transitive, followed by with Of a word, to be pronounced identically with another from the vowel in its stressed syllable to the end.
- v. reciprocal Of two or more words, to be pronounced identically from the vowel in the stressed syllable of each to the end of each.
- v. transitive To put words together so that they rhyme.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language.
- n. (Pros.) Correspondence of sound in the terminating words or syllables of two or more verses, one succeeding another immediately or at no great distance. The words or syllables so used must not begin with the same consonant, or if one begins with a vowel the other must begin with a consonant. The vowel sounds and accents must be the same, as also the sounds of the final consonants if there be any.
- n. Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes.
- n. A word answering in sound to another word.
- v. To make rhymes, or verses.
- v. To accord in rhyme or sound.
- v. To put into rhyme.
- v. To influence by rhyme.
- v. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
- n. correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
- n. a piece of poetry
- v. compose rhymes
- Alteration (influenced by rhythm) of Middle English rime, from Old French, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Verse without rhyme, is a body without a soul, (for the chief life consisteth in the rhyme) or a bell without a clapper; which, in strictness, is no bell, as being neither of use nor delight.”
“Why, for instance, Riordan has his characters speak in rhyme is never satisfactorily revealed.”
“I appreciate the implication that these small couplets are the only inoculation against certain death that kids have in their defensive arsenal -- and that the rhyme is a lesson hard-learned, acquired from the corpses of generations.”
“For example, Crambo is of extraordinary use to good rhyming, and rhyming is what I have ever accounted the very essential of a good poet: And in that notion I am not singular; for the aforesaid Sir Philip Sidney has declared, That the chief life of modern versifying, consisteth in the like sounding of words, which we call rhyme, which is an authority, either without exception, or above any reply.”
“Shangil Tobaya "mean" flip a brick, "and the popular rhyme translates as" flip a brick, you will find gold. ”
“I therefore look forward allready to Spring, And if that invalluable Lady named Hope had not allready been throng'd and pesterd, nay allmost suffocated with addresses and Sonnets I would talk over my feelings in rhyme to her.”
“I find a rhyme is rather lonely without a picture.”
“As for writing poetry, I ask my poor students to experiment with a variety of poetic techniques for creating music with words, and that includes writing in rhyme and meter.”
“I think the best thing for me about this catchy rhyme is that now when I get frustrated at airports (which always happens) I can sing and everything will at least seem all right for those few seconds!”
“I was also told (over and over) that I should not be writing my stories in rhyme, because no one was going to be interested in those subjects in rhyme.”
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