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rhyme

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rhyme compose rhymes
    • v rhyme be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable "hat and cat rhyme"
    • n rhyme a piece of poetry
    • n rhyme correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange,silver or purple
    • Rhyme A word answering in sound to another word.
    • Rhyme An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language. "Railing rhymes .""A ryme I learned long ago.""He knew
      Himself to sing, and build the lofty rime ."
    • Rhyme (Pros) Correspondence of sound in the terminating words or syllables of two or more verses, one succeeding another immediately or at no great distance. The words or syllables so used must not begin with the same consonant, or if one begins with a vowel the other must begin with a consonant. The vowel sounds and accents must be the same, as also the sounds of the final consonants if there be any. "For rhyme with reason may dispense,
      And sound has right to govern sense."
    • Rhyme To accord in rhyme or sound. "And, if they rhymed and rattled, all was well."
    • Rhyme To influence by rhyme. "Hearken to a verser, who may chance Rhyme thee to good."
    • Rhyme To make rhymes, or verses. "Thou shalt no longer ryme .""There marched the bard and blockhead, side by side,
      Who rhymed for hire, and patronized for pride."
    • Rhyme To put into rhyme.
    • Rhyme Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nothing rhymes with the word 'month'
    • n rhyme etc. See rime, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")
    • n Rhyme rīm the recurrence of similar sounds at certain intervals:
    • v.i Rhyme to correspond in sound: to harmonise: to chime: to make rhymes or verses
    • v.t Rhyme to put into rhyme
    • n Rhyme rīm (orig.) words arranged in numbers or verse: poetry: metre: a short poem
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.”
  • Hilaire Belloc
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    “I'm tired of love; I'm still more tired of rhyme; but money gives me pleasure all the time.”
  • Stephane Mallarme
    Stephane Mallarme
    “The poetic act consists of suddenly seeing that an idea splits up into a number of equal motifs and of grouping them; they rhyme.”
  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Prayer and practice is good rhyme.”
  • Nicholas Boileau
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    “Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.”

Idioms

Rhyme or reason - If something is without rhyme or reason, it is unreasonable. ('Beyond rhyme or reason' is an alternative.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ryme, rime, AS. rīm, number; akin to OHG. rīm, number, succession, series, G. reim, rhyme. The modern sense is due to the influence of F. rime, which is of German origin, and originally the same word
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Properly rime (the hy being due to the influence of Rhythm)—A.S. rim, number, cog. with Old High Ger. rīm (Ger. reim).

Usage

In literature:

So Amos had to fall a-rhyming again.
"Zodiac Town" by Nancy Byrd Turner
It is whimsical that he, who was soon to bid adieu to rhyme, should fix upon a measure in which rhyme abounds even to satiety.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Like the counting-out rhymes, the game-rhymes are found in only slightly differing forms in widely divided countries and places.
"Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories" by Robert Ford
The order in which rhymes occur is various.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
They would come to us, these rhymes, curiously enough.
"The God of Love" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Most children know the rhymes when they come to school and they will like to read them there.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Johnny helped me hunt out the rhymes.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
I know 'happy' and 'Patty' don't really rhyme, but what else could I put?
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
Keeping time in a rhyme.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
On these two papers are rhymes, which we children have known by heart all our lives.
"Patty's Friends" by Carolyn Wells
John Davidson has classed rhyme as a kind of disease of poetry.
"Studies in Literature and History" by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
Thus we have the existence of a Tree Rhyme, shown in Italy and Germany, Greece and Denmark.
"Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs
Come to the rescue with a rhyme.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
But he can't do it, for 'Plunger's' no sort of rhyme to 'hunger.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Even those people who refused to accept the rhyme have accepted the reason.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
The greatest poetry in the world is written without rhyme.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
They are noble pieces of rhetoric put into rhyme.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
And in the new poets, on other occasions, I have found faulty syntax, bad rhymes, limping feet.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
When I say pottery, I mean pottery with rhymes in it, like the Riginal Poems.
"Five Mice in a Mouse-trap" by Laura E. Richards
For in his rhymes he betrays both his comrade and himself.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
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In poetry:

When I am dead; in some lone after time,
If crosses come to thee,
You'll think -- remembering this simple rhyme --
"He holds a crown for me."
"M * * *" by Abram Joseph Ryan
In loftiest verse, in lowliest rhyme,
Shall strive unblamed the minstrel choir,---
The singers of the new-born time,
And trembling age with outworn lyre.
"On The Death Of President Garfield" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
This was the promise of May-time;
Wind-song and bird-song sweetly flowing
Over the thorn, like a love-rhyme,
Where buds were breaking and flowers were blowing.
"The Gold-Bird" by Maurice Thompson
Or shall I bring you, sweet,
Some ancient rhyme of lovers sore beset,
Whose joy is dead, whose sadness lingers yet,
That you may read, and sigh, and soon forget?
"Trifles" by John Charles McNeill
"He is my friend!" The words
Brought summer and the birds;
And all my winter-time
Thawed into running rhyme
And rippled into song,
Warm, tender, brave, and strong.
"My Friend" by James Whitcomb Riley
But thou, who soundest in my tune and rhyme,
Hast tones I wake not, in thy land and sea,
Loveliness not for me, secrets from me,
Thoughts for another, and another time.
"The Poet To Nature" by Alice Meynell

In news:

From his Jeremy Scott Adidas sneakers, snakeskin snapbacks and blinged-out accessories, the Harlem rhyme-spitter knows how to stay fresh.
Her first and last names rhyme quite nicely in a sing-song way — like 'Cheri Oteri' and 'Hakuna Matata,' but not like 'restraining order for posting to her Facebook wall,' which does not rhyme.
I didn't even know bedbugs were real—I thought "sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite" was a cute nursery rhyme.
But they're not the only ones in the genre with the chops to spit rhymes.
Nationals sign Will Rhymes to minor league deal, could bolster infield depth.
Hope students Turell Boyd, left, and Cody Thomas will rap "Inspiration" in front of 4,000 people, turning their anti- bullying message into rhyme.
The first question is if there are any available rhymes, puns, or other wordplay, which yup, plenty.
This year, there were numerous freestyle performances from both veterans and up-and-coming rhyme-slingers worth mentioning.
Royal Rhymes and Rounds SIGCD307.
This senior citizen choir busts a medley of squeaky- clean rhymes, and when it gets "hot in here" they take their robes off.
He even rhymes "handy" with "Olowokandi".
Nicki Minaj isn't afraid to get in your face with her rhymes, but Lord help whoever gets in hers.
SAN DIEGO – It's common for many people to find themselves eating and overeating without rhyme or reason, especially during the holiday season.
After listening to the story, The Cat in the Hat, the children wrote words rhyming with "cat" and "hat" on the white strips of their Dr Seuss hats.
This senior citizen choir busts a medley of squeaky-clean rhymes, and when it gets "hot in here" they take their robes off.
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In science:

Second, there is no evident rhyme or reason to the hypercharge assignments.
Future Summary
Following this review of main themes and rhymes of this conference I would now like to summarize the main achievements.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
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