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rhymealso rime (rīm)
1. Correspondence of sounds at the ends of words or phrases, especially when involving the last stressed vowel and all succeeding sounds in each of two or more such words or phrases.
2. A word that exhibits such correspondence with another, as behold and cold.
a. A poem or verse employing such correspondence as a formal feature, especially at the ends of lines.
b. Poetry or verse of this kind.
v. rhymed, rhym·ing, rhymes also rimed or rim·ing or rimes
1. To form a rhyme.
2. To compose rhymes or verse.
3. To make use of rhymes in composing verse.
1. To put into rhyme or compose with rhymes.
2. To use (a word or words) as a rhyme.
[Alteration (influenced by rhythm) of Middle English rime, from Old French, of Germanic origin; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]
1. A white incrustation of ice formed when supercooled water droplets freeze almost instantly on contact with a solid surface.
2. A coating, as of mud or slime, likened to a frosty film: "A meal couldn't leave us feeling really full unless it laid down a rime of fat globules in our mouths and stomachs" (James Fallows).
tr.v. rimed, rim·ing, rimes
To cover with or as if with frost or ice: "heavy [shoes] rimed with mud and cement ... from the building site" (Seamus Deane).
[Middle English rim, from Old English hrīm.]
n. & v.
Variant of rhyme.
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