|1.||[ noun ] (music) the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music|
"the piece has a fast rhythm" "the conductor set the beat"
|Related terms:||musical_time backbeat upbeat downbeat syncopation beat beat beat|
|2.||[ noun ] recurring at regular intervals|
|Related terms:||cyclicity cardiac_rhythm|
|3.||[ noun ] an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs|
"the neverending cycle of the seasons"
|Related terms:||time_interval phase cycle|
|4.||[ noun ] (verse,rhetoric) the arrangement of spoken words alternating stressed and unstressed elements|
"the rhythm of Frost's poetry"
|Related terms:||prosody template|
|5.||[ noun ] natural family planning in which ovulation is assumed to occur 14 days before the onset of a period (the fertile period would be assumed to extend from day 10 through day 18 of her cycle)|
|Synonyms:||rhythm_method calendar_method calendar_method_of_birth_control rhythm_method_of_birth_control|
|Related terms:||birth_control natural_family_planning|