American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A line of verse consisting of eight metrical feet.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In prosody, consisting of eight measures (monopodies or dipodies).
- n. In prosody, a verse or period consisting of eight measures. This word is little used, except in the sense of ‘octapody’ by some writers on modern versification who confound measure with foot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Pros.) A verse containing eight feet; as, -- . Deep" in|to" the | dark"ness | peer"ing, | long" I | stood" there | wond'"ring, | fear"ing.
- n. (Chem.) A molecule composed of eight monomer units bound to each other, usually in a linear array.
- n. a verse line having eight metrical feet
“I wrote tons of sonnets, and got really decent at iambic octameter/pentameter.”
“ The former is trochaicthe latter is octameter acatalectic, alternating with heptameter catalectic repeated in the refrain of the fifth verse, and terminating with tetrameter catalectic.”
“Verses of seven and eight feet are rare; they are called heptameter and octameter, respectively.”
“The heptameter is usually divided into a tetrameter and a trimeter; the octameter, into two tetrameters.”
“I'm going full-out: trochaic octameter (I am too verbose for iambic pentameter) with internal and cross-line rhyme.”
“—“trochaic octameter with lines two and four catalectic.””
“It actually disables any understanding of the poem to say that what he’s doing is trochaic octameter.”
“D.), while the latter kind can naturally only occur in those circles whose couplet forms an octameter (A. E.).”
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