from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See amphimacer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Referring to a metrical pattern of poetry where each foot is composed of 3 syllables, the first and third of which are stressed and the second is unstressed. This pattern is very rare in English poetry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A poetic foot, composed of one short syllable between two long ones (- ˘ -).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Cretan: specifically (without a capital letter) applied to a form of verse. See II.
- n. In ancient prosody: A foot of three syllables, the first and third of which are long, while the second is short, the ictus or metrical stress resting either on the first or on the last syllable .
- n. plural Verses consisting of amphimacers.
Latin Crēticus, of Crete, Cretic foot, from Crēta, Crete.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)