Definitions for: Rhyme


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.


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.

Synonyms: rime, rime, rime, verse

See Also: agree, alliterate, alliteration, assonance, assonate, beginning rhyme, check, clerihew, consonance, consonant rhyme, correspond, create verbally, doggerel, doggerel verse, eye rhyme, fit, gibe, head rhyme, initial rhyme, internal rhyme, jibe, jingle, limerick, match, poem, tag, tally, verse form, versification, vowel rhyme

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