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In music, a cross-beat or cross-rhythm is a form of polyrhythm.

Cross-rhythm. A rhythm in which the regular pattern of accents of the prevailing meter is contradicted by a conflicting pattern and not merely a momentary displacement that leaves the prevailing meter fundamentally unchallenged.—New Harvard Dictionary of Music (1986: 216).

The term cross rhythm was introduced in 1934 by Arthur Morris Jones.

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