from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented or of one long syllable followed by two short, as in flattery.
- n. A finger, toe, or similar part or structure; a digit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poetical foot of three syllables (— ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A poetical foot of three sylables (--- ˘ ˘), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented
- n. A finger or toe; a digit.
- n. The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A unit of linear measure; a finger-breadth; a digit: used in reference to Greek, Egyptian, and Babylonian measures.
- n. In prosody, a foot of three syllables, the first long, the second and third short.
- n. In anatomy: A digit, whether of the hand or foot; a finger or a toe.
- n. A toe or digit of the hind foot only, when the word digit is restricted to a finger.
- n. In zoology, a dactylus.
- n. The piddock, Pholas dactylus. See dactylus .—
- To move nimbly; leap; bound.
- n. In Greek antiquity, a mythological creature supposed to have the secrets of fire and of iron-working.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
- n. a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
Middle English dactil, from Latin dactylus, from Greek daktulos, finger, dactyl.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek δάκτυλος (daktulos, "a finger"), three bones of the finger corresponding to three syllables. (Wiktionary)