Instrumental vs Riddim - What's the difference?

instrumental | riddim |

As nouns the difference between instrumental and riddim

is that instrumental is instrumental (grammatical case) while riddim is an instrumental version of a song in jamaican or caribbean music, usually with a drum pattern and a prominent bassline.



(en adjective)
  • Acting as an instrument; serving as a means; contributing to promote; conductive; helpful; serviceable; essential or central.
  • He was instrumental in conducting the business.
  • * (rfdate), (William Shakespeare), (Hamlet), I,ii
  • The head is not more native to the heart, The hand more instrumental to the mouth —
  • (music) Pertaining to, made by, or prepared for, an instrument, especially a musical instrument.
  • instrumental music
  • * (rfdate) (Thomas Babington Macaulay)
  • He defended the use of instrumental music in public worship.
  • * (rfdate) (John Dryden)
  • * Sweet voices mix'd with instrumental sounds.
  • (grammar) Applied to a case expressing means or agency, generally indicated in English by by'' or ''with with the objective.
  • the instrumental case

    Coordinate terms

    * (serving as a means) final * (music) vocal, a capella


    * noninstrumental

    Derived terms

    * instrumental error * instrumentation * instrumentality * instrumentive


  • (uncountable, grammar) The instrumental case.
  • (countable, music) A composition without lyrics.
  • * 1977 , Stereo Review (volume 38, page 70)
  • I recommend this album in the face of the fact that five of the eleven songs are the purest filler, dull instrumentals with a harmonica rifling over an indifferent rhythm section. The rest is magnificent




    (en noun) (wikipedia riddim)
  • An instrumental version of a song in Jamaican or Caribbean music, usually with a drum pattern and a prominent bassline.