from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trisyllabic metrical foot having an unaccented or short syllable between two accented or long syllables, as in Peter Pan. Also called cretic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metrical foot consisting of an unaccented syllable between two accented syllables; a cretic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A foot of three syllables, the middle one short and the others long, as in cāst�tās.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In prosody, a foot of three syllables, the middle one short and the others long, as in Latin cāstĭtās: the opposite of amphibrach.
Latin amphimacrus, from Greek amphimakros : amphi-, amphi- + makros, long; see māk- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)