What is a rhythm section?

What is a rhythm section? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. The section of a band maintaining the rhythm, consisting of e.g. drums, bass, keyboard, etc.
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The Quindectet marries a chamber orchestra of horns, woodwinds and strings with a rhythm section of guitar, bass, drums and percussion.
By the time I got there, the rhythm section were the only ones left and hardly able to see straight.
The interaction between the rhythm section and the rest of the group is beauteous to behold.
Praise must go to the four-man rhythm section who power the album's mostly mid tempo grooves.
Tom Morello's insistent riffs and scorching solos were supported squarely by the rhythm section.
The outstanding rhythm section included pianist Claude Hopkins, Arvell Shaw on string bass, and Buzzy Drootin at the drums.

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