Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having rhythm; recurring with measured regularity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to rhythm.
  • adj. Characterized by rhythm.
  • adj. Written in verse, especially rhyming verse.
  • adj. With regular, repetitive motion or sound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, rhythm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as rhythmical.
  • n. Same as rhythmics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. recurring with measured regularity

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ῥύθμικος (rhythmikos), from ῥυθμός (rhuthmos, "measured flow or movement, symmetry, rhythm"), from ῥέω (rheō, "flow, run, stream, gush"), + adjective suffix -ικος (-ikos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Still, the torment was worth it for the precious few minutes he had with them when they were neither awake nor asleep, when they were finally still and their breath began to flatten out in rhythmic heaviness, when their bodies fell slack and rolled in toward him, toward the black-hole depression that he occupied in the middle of the mattress.

    Furlough

  • Yet did it quiver under the finger-tip caress in rhythmic vibrations that became whisperings and rustlings and mutterings of sound - but of sound so different; so elusively thin that it was shimmeringly sibilant; so mellow that it was maddening sweet, piping like an elfin horn, which last was just what Bassett decided would be like a peal from some bell of the gods reaching earthward from across space.

    THE RED ONE

  • You know and, particularly, I'm interested in rhythmic concepts from South Indian music, and so, I work with a lot of these elements in my music.

    Vijay Iyer: Self-Taught Jazz Pianist Goes 'Solo'

  • As Mackenzie threw him into the snow, he caught a glimpse of the swaying forms before the council-fire, heard the deep basses of the men in rhythmic chant, and knew the Shaman was fanning the anger of his people.

    The Sun of the Wolf

  • Kanaeva wins gold for Russia in rhythmic gymnastics

    Kanaeva wins gold for Russia in rhythmic gymnastics

  • Kanaeva wins gold for Russia in rhythmic gymnastics - USATODAY. com

    Kanaeva wins gold for Russia in rhythmic gymnastics

  • She was once a world champion in rhythmic gymnastics, so she must have nerves the temperature of liquid oxygen.

    All-around champ Nastia Liukin takes care of some family business

  • That last section is set in rhythmic unison, a witty-sad contrast to the ambivalence of the text.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • BEIJING (AP) Russia has won its third straight Olympic gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics all-around group.

    Russia edges host for rhythmic gymnastics team gold

  • (AP) Mary Sanders earned the United States 'only spot in rhythmic gymnastics at the Athens Olympics, winning all four categories at the Olympic trials on Saturday.

    USATODAY.com - Sanders, Parilla Qualify for Olympics

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  • "On the first day of racing, August 11, the blind stallion Rhythmic ... won the $10,000 Bonner Memorial Trot, and his trainer, Scott Hudson, explained to the New York reporting crew, which even then thought a story was never told until they told it, that no, he wasn't scared to drive the horse; Rhythmic, he patiently explained for the thousandth time, sensed where the other horses and the rail were, and kept himself out of trouble. (Several months later Hudson would be amazed to discover that the speedy Rhythmic was deaf, too.)"
    —Charles Leerhsen, Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008), 203

    This is harness racing (Standardbred). Also...

    "Guided by what his trainer Scott Hudson insisted at the time was a heightened sense of hearing that made him even safer to drive than a normal horse, Rhythmic won the $5,000 Woodruff Stakes that day in straight heats." (p. 219)

    October 27, 2008