from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metrical foot consisting of two long or stressed syllables.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word or metrical foot of two syllables, either both long or both stressed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A poetic foot of two long syllables, as in the Latin word lēgēs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient prosody, a foot consisting of two long times or syllables, one of which constitutes the thesis and the other the arsis: it is accordingly tetrasemic and isorrhythmic. The spondee is principally used as a substitute for a dactyl or an anapest. In the former case it is a dactylic spondee ( for ), in the latter an anapestic spondee ( for ). An irrational spondee represents a trisemic foot, trochee, or iambus ( for , or for ). It is found in the even places of trochaic lines and in the odd places of iambic lines, also in logaœdic verses, especially as representing the initial trochee (“basis”). A foot consisting of two spondees is called a dispondee.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metrical unit with stressed-stressed syllables
Middle English sponde, from Old French spondee, from Latin spondēum, from neuter of spondēus, of libations, spondaic, from Greek spondeios, from spondē, libation (from its use in songs performed at libations); see spend- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin spondēus ("spondee"), from Ancient Greek σπονδεῖος (spondeios, "associated with a libation") from σπονδή (spondē, "libation")- spondees were often used in melodies sung at libations. (Wiktionary)