from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of verse consisting of five metrical feet.
- n. English verse composed in iambic pentameter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A line in a poem having five metrical feet.
- n. Poetic metre in which each line has five feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A verse of five feet.
- adj. Having five metrical feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient prosody, a verse differing from the dactylic hexameter by suppression of the second half of the third and of the sixth foot; a dactylic dipenthemimeres or combination of two catalectic dactylic tripodies, thus:
- n. The first half of the line ended almost without exception in a complete word and often with a pause in the sense. Spondees were excluded from the second half-line. The halves of the line often terminated in words of similar ending and emphasis, generally a noun and its attributive. This meter received its name from a false analysis of some ancient metricians, who explained it as consisting of two dactyls, a spondee, and two anapests.
- Having five metrical feet: as, a pentameter verse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verse line having five metrical feet
Latin, from Greek pentametros : penta-, penta- + metron, measure; see meter1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)