1 A strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound.
1.1 mass noun The systematic arrangement of musical sounds, principally according to duration and periodical stress.
1.2 A particular pattern formed by musical rhythm.
1.3 mass noun A person’s natural feeling for musical rhythm.
2 mass noun The measured flow of words and phrases in verse or prose as determined by the relation of long and short or stressed and unstressed syllables.
3 A regularly recurring sequence of events or processes.
3.1 Art A harmonious sequence or correlation of colours or elements.

Mid 16th century (also originally in the sense ‘rhyme’): from French rhythme, or via Latin from Greek rhuthmos (related to rhein ‘to flow’).


The WotD establishes a rhythm for my day. It sets my brain in motion for the rest of the day’s challenges.

[The words in the thought bubble are reminiscent of the song from a New England regional television show from the 1950s to the 80s, “Community Auditions”, a bit like today’s “______ Got Talent” competition shows. — “Star of the day, who will it be? Your votes will hold the key…”]



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