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Rhyme definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

RHY'MELESS, a. Destitute of rhyme; not having consonance of sound.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds) [syn: rhyme, rime]
2: a piece of poetry [syn: verse, rhyme] v
1: compose rhymes [syn: rhyme, rime]
2: be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable; "hat and cat rhyme" [syn: rhyme, rime]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun also rime Etymology: Middle English rime, from Anglo-French Date: 13th century 1. a. (1) rhyming verse (2) poetry b. a composition in verse that rhymes 2. a. correspondence in terminal sounds of units of composition or utterance (as two or more words or lines of verse) b. one of two or more words thus corresponding in sound c. correspondence of other than terminal word sounds: as (1) alliteration (2) internal rhyme 3. rhythm, measure rhymeless adjective II. verb also rime (rhymed; also rimed; rhyming; also riming) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to relate or praise in rhyming verse 2. a. to put into rhyme b. to compose (verse) in rhyme c. to cause to rhyme ; use as rhyme intransitive verb 1. to make rhymes; also to compose rhyming verse 2. of a word or verse to end in syllables that are rhymes 3. to be in accord ; harmonize rhymer noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 identity of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. in verse. 2 (in sing. or pl.) verse having rhymes. 3 a the use of rhyme. b a poem having rhymes. 4 a word providing a rhyme. --v. 1 intr. a (of words or lines) produce a rhyme. b (foll. by with) act as a rhyme (with another). 2 intr. make or write rhymes; versify. 3 tr. put or make (a story etc.) into rhyme. 4 tr. (foll. by with) treat (a word) as rhyming with another. Phrases and idioms: rhyming slang slang that replaces words by rhyming words or phrases, e.g. stairs by apples and pears, often with the rhyming element omitted (as in TITFER). without rhyme or reason lacking discernible sense or logic. Derivatives: rhymeless adj. rhymer n. rhymist n. Etymology: ME rime f. OF rime f. med.L rithmus, rythmus f. L f. Gk rhuthmos RHYTHM

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rhyme Rhyme, n. [OE. ryme, rime, AS. r[=i]m number; akin to OHG. r[=i]m 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.] [The Old English spelling rime is becoming again common. See Note under Prime.] 1. An expression of thought in numbers, measure, or verse; a composition in verse; a rhymed tale; poetry; harmony of language. ``Railing rhymes.'' --Daniel. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rhyme Rhyme, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rhymed;p. pr. & vb. n. Rhyming.] [OE. rimen, rymen, AS. r[=i]man to count: cf. F. rimer to rhyme. See Rhyme, n.] 1. To make rhymes, or verses. ``Thou shalt no longer ryme.'' --Chaucer. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Rhyme Rhyme, v. t. 1. To put into rhyme. --Sir T. Wilson. 2. To influence by rhyme. Hearken to a verser, who may chance Rhyme thee to good. --Herbert.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(rhymes, rhyming, rhymed) 1. If one word rhymes with another or if two words rhyme, they have a very similar sound. Words that rhyme with each other are often used in poems. June always rhymes with moon in old love songs. ...the sort of people who give their children names that rhyme: Donnie, Ronnie, Connie. ...a singer rhyming 'eyes' with 'realise'. ...rhymed couplets. V-RECIP: V with n, pl-n V, V n with n, V-ed 2. If a poem or song rhymes, the lines end with words that have very similar sounds. In his efforts to make it rhyme he seems to have chosen the first word that comes into his head. ...rhyming couplets. VERB: V, V-ing 3. A rhyme is a word which rhymes with another word, or a set of lines which rhyme. The one rhyme for passion is fashion... N-COUNT 4. A rhyme is a short poem which has rhyming words at the ends of its lines. He was teaching Helen a little rhyme. = verse N-COUNT see also nursery rhyme 5. Rhyme is the use of rhyming words as a technique in poetry. If something is written in rhyme, it is written as a poem in which the lines rhyme. The plays are in rhyme. 6. If something happens or is done without rhyme or reason, there seems to be no logical reason for it to happen or be done. He picked people on a whim, without rhyme or reason. PHRASE: PHR after v

Moby Thesaurus

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