What does rhythm mean?

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  1. The variation of strong and weak elements (such as duration, accent) of sounds, notably in speech or music, over time; a beat or meter.
  2. A specifically defined pattern of such variation.
  3. A flow, repetition or regularity.
  4. The tempo or speed of a beat, song or repetitive event.
  5. The musical instruments which provide rhythm (mainly; not or less melody) in a musical ensemble.
  6. A regular quantitative change in a variable (notably natural) process.
  7. Controlled repetition of a phrase, incident or other element as a stylistic figure in literature and other narrative arts; the effect it creates.
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