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Rhyming Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    rhyming adj : having corrnesponding sounds especially terminal sounds; "rhymed verse"; "rhyming words" [syn: rhymed, riming] [ant: unrhymed]
Rhyming Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Rhyming'


A rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more words and is most often used in poetry and songs. The word "rhyme" may also refer to a short poem, such as a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes.

The word rime, derived from Old Frankish language *rīm, a Germanic term meaning "series, sequence" attested in Old English (Old English rīm - "enumeration, series, numeral") and Old High German rīm, ultimately cognate to Old Irish rím, Greek ἀριθμός arithmos "number".

The spelling rhyme (from original rime) was introduced at the beginning of the Modern English period, due to a learned (but etymologically incorrect) association with Greek ῥυθμός (rhythmos, rhythm).

The older spelling rime survives in Modern English as a rare alternative spelling. A distinction between the spellings is also sometimes made in the study of linguistics and phonology, where rime/rhyme is used to refer to the nucleus and coda of a syllable. In this context, some prefer to spell this rime to separate it from the poetic rhyme covered by this article (see syllable rime).

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