Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not rhythmical; irregular in rhythm.

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

  • adj. not rhythmic; irregular in beat or accent

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Examples

  • It is shocking for a whole harmony to be inharmonical, or for a rhythm to be unrhythmical, and this will happen when the melody is inappropriate to them.

    Laws

  • On the other hand, unrhythmical language is too unlimited; we do not want the limitations of metre, but some limitation we must have, or the effect will be vague and unsatisfactory.

    Rhetoric

  • As we lift the brass cap, we begin to count seconds, -- by a watch, if we are naturally unrhythmical, -- by the pulsations in our souls, if we have an intellectual pendulum and escapement.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • Nor, again, if the action be high-wrought, above the measure of man's ordinary activity, can it find expression in the unrhythmical language [9] which corresponds to that ordinary activity.

    An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times

  • [9] The language of prose is not necessarily unrhythmical, nor is it always commonplace, as witness, for example, the more moving and imaginative passages of the English Bible.

    An Estimate of the Value and Influence of Works of Fiction in Modern Times

  • Jaques-Dalcroze's pupils learn to improvise with definite thought and meaning, nothing unrhythmical is ever allowed, nor any aimless meandering over the keyboard.

    The Eurhythmics of Jaques-Dalcroze

  • Rackingly above the crash and lilt of music, the quick, wild thud of dancing feet, the sharp, staccato notes of laughter -- she heard the dull, heavy, unrhythmical tread of the oncoming years -- gray years, limping eternally from to-morrow on, through unloved lands, on unloved errands.

    Little Eve Edgarton

  • He began merrily, and in no time had us both laughing; I think the first air which he tortured to fit his unrhymed and unrhythmical words belonged once to Mozart, but I am not sure.

    We Three

  • The last foot of a verse of poetry, then, may have more or fewer syllables than the regular number; still the foot takes up the regular time and cannot be deemed unrhythmical.

    English: Composition and Literature

  • He must recognize unrhythmical, uncadenced, disjointed, and ejaculatory prose dialogue, with scarcely a lyrical moment in it, as a fit vehicle for music.

    Chapters of Opera Being historical and critical observations and records concerning the lyric drama in New York from its earliest days down to the present time

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