Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having ten syllables
  • adj. Composed of decasyllables

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having, or consisting of, ten syllables.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having ten syllables: as, a decasyllabic verse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or characterized by or consisting of ten syllables

Etymologies

deca- +‎ syllabic (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether fifty thousand words of prose action or fourteen decasyllabic lines of verse with a strict rhyme scheme, a genre is a list of the minimal conditions that a writer must meet.

    Genres and niche markets

  • Debbie has some fine Augustan echoes: rolling decasyllabic lines though with impish breaks that propel semantic leaps, as in the first few lines!

    Erin Moure reads Lisa Robertson

  • Yes, at some point in my past, I decided to note the number of syllables you'd use for the word "Canterbury" in order to make the verse come out "properly" decasyllabic.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Yeah, it LOOKS iambic pentameter to me, too, but real medievalist verse types will tell you that it's not; it's something something decasyllabic verse.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Sharon and the maids of Salem, and a prophecy that roses shall deck the entire country of Syria, and a speedy reign of peace be established — all in undeniably decasyllabic lines, and the queerest aping of sense and sentiment and poetry.

    The History of Pendennis

  • The alternation of this decasyllabic rhythm with the ordinary hendecasyllable is studiously artistic; I have retained it throughout.

    Poems and Fragments

  • This is the only instance where Catullus has introduced a spondee into the second foot of the phalaecian, which then becomes decasyllabic.

    Poems and Fragments

  • Traditional readings of Keats's poetry (even up to the present day) assume a speaker of normative consciousness, a person testing the "limits" of visionary apprehension, an assumption encouraged by Keats's decasyllabic line (associated with speech conducted from the perspective of the social world).

    Deforming Keat's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'

  • It is a decasyllabic line, with a trochee substituted for an iambus in the third foot — Around: me gleamed: many a: bright se: pulchre.

    The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

  • Fourthly, if you take account of the said troublesome E, almost universally these deficient measures become filled up to the due complement -- become decasyllabic or hendecasyllabic, as the case may be.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 357, June, 1845

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