Rhyme

Definition of Rhyme

n.1.An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language.
A ryme I learned long ago.
- Chaucer.
He knew
Himself to sing, and build the lofty rime.
- Milton.
2.(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.
- Prior.
3.Verses, usually two, having this correspondence with each other; a couplet; a poem containing rhymes.
4.A word answering in sound to another word.
Female rhyme
See under Female.
Male rhyme
See under Male.
Rhyme or reason
sound or sense.
Rhyme royal
(Pros.) a stanza of seven decasyllabic verses, of which the first and third, the second, fourth, and fifth, and the sixth and seventh rhyme.
v. i.1.To make rhymes, or verses.
[imp. & p. p. Rhymed ;p. pr. & vb. n. Rhyming.]
There marched the bard and blockhead, side by side,
Who rhymed for hire, and patronized for pride.
- Pope.
2.To accord in rhyme or sound.
And, if they rhymed and rattled, all was well.
- Dryden.
v. t.1.To put into rhyme.
2.To influence by rhyme.
Hearken to a verser, who may chance
Rhyme thee to good.
- Herbert.

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English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, accord, alba, alliterate, alliteration, anacreontic, assonance, assonate, balada, ballade, beat, blank verse, bucolic, cadence, cadency, canso, cap verses, chanson, check, chime, clerihew, clink, cohere, common sense, comport, conform, consist, consonance, consort, correspond, crambo, dingdong, dirge, dithyramb, double rhyme, dovetail, drone, eclogue, elegy, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, eye rhyme, georgic, ghazel, haiku, harping, humdrum, idyll, intelligence, jingle, jingle-jangle, limerick, logic, lyric, madrigal, meaning, measure, meter, monody, monotone, monotony, musical thought, narrative poem, near rhyme, nursery rhyme, ode, organization, palinode, paronomasia, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, pitter-patter, poesy, prothalamium, pun, rationale, rationality, repeated sounds, repetitiousness, repetitiveness, rhyme royal, rhyme scheme, rhyming dictionary, rime, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, rune, satire, scan, sestina, single rhyme, singsong, slant rhyme, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, soundness, stale repetition, structure, swing, tail rhyme, tanka, tedium, tenso, tenzone, the supreme fiction, threnody, triolet, trot, troubadour poem, unnecessary repetition, unrhymed poetry, verselet, versicle, versification, villanelle, virelay, wisdom
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