Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to rhythm in art, or to a succession of measures marked by regularly recurrent accents, beats, or pulses; noting any succession so marked; hence, musical, metrical, or poetic: as, the rhythmical movement of marching or of a dance.
- In physics and physiology, pertaining to or constituting a succession of alternate and opposite or correlative states.
- In medicine, periodical.
- In the graphic and plastic arts, properly proportioned or balanced.
- adj. rhythmic
- adj. recurring with measured regularity
“The first rhythm falls well within English rhythmical norms a dactyl, whereas a sequence of four unstressed syllables does not.”
“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.”
“In the early 19th century Flourens had already proved by experiment that by stimulating the semi-circular canals of the inner ear certain rhythmical eye movements (called nystagmus) could be caused and Purkinje showed that in human beings vertigo was induced by rotation.”
“Three men rose and dipped, rose and dipped, in rhythmical precision; but a red bandanna, wrapped about the head of one, caught and held his eye.”
“It is “characterized by rhythmical, repetitive, involuntary movements of the tongue, face, mouth, or jaw, sometimes accompanied by other bizarre muscular activity.””
“As they were intended for prayer and not for singing, they may be called rhythmical prayers (in German Reimgebete).”
“What the Wagnerite calls rhythmical is what I call, to use a Greek metaphor,”
“He tells us that he deals with the problem of rendering Old English verse in modern English by adopting a compromise that "represents a cross between the traditional Anglo-Saxon meter and a looser form used by Aelfric, sometimes called rhythmical prose" (47).”
“I often use an expanded form on first use and then switch to a reduced form, to avoid repetition, but other factors can intervene, such as rhythmical elegance and awareness of a possible lack of clarity.”
“Middle Ages the word "rhythmical" was used as the general term for any kind of poetry to be distinguished from prose, no matter whether there was regular rhythm in those poems or not.”
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