from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete line of verse or in a metrical foot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Which has an extra syllable added to the last dipody (foot of a verse).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a syllable or two beyond measure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In prosody, having an additional syllable or half-foot (thesis or arsis) after the last complete dipody: as, a hypercatalectic colon or verse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (prosody) a line of poetry having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of the last metrical foot
- adj. (verse) having an extra syllable or syllables at the end of a metrically complete verse or in a metrical foot
Latin hypercatalēcticus, from Greek huperkatalēktikos : huper-, hyper- + katalēktikos, incomplete; see catalectic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded from circa 1700; from Latin hypercatalēcticus, from the root of the equivalent Ancient Greek (hyperkatalēktikos) (itself from hyper- + (katalēktikos) 'incomplete') + -icus '-ic'. (Wiktionary)