from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trisyllabic metrical foot having one accented or long syllable between two unaccented or short syllables, as in the word remember.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metrical foot in ancient Greek or Latin consisting of two short syllables surrounding one long one (e.g. amāta).
- n. A metrical foot in modern prosody, consisting of three syllables, the middle one of which is stressed (e.g. Jamaica).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short (˘ -- ˘); as, hăbērĕ. In modern prosody the accented syllable takes the place of the long and the unaccented of the short; as, pro-phet"ic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In prosody, a foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short: as, hăbērě, in Latin: the opposite of amphimacer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
Latin amphibrachys, from Greek amphibrakhus : amphi-, amphi- + brakhus, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin amphibrachus, from Ancient Greek ἀμϕίβραχυς ("short at both ends"), from ἀμϕί + βραχύς ("short"). (Wiktionary)