from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A line of verse consisting of four metrical feet.
- n. A line of verse consisting of four measures of two feet each, especially one in iambic, trochaic, or anapestic meter in classical prosody.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A line in a poem having four metrical feet.
- n. A poetic metre in which each line has four feet.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A verse or line consisting of four measures, that is, in iambic, trochaic, and anapestic verse, of eight feet; in other kinds of verse, of four feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having four measures.
- n. In prosody, a verse or period consisting of four measures.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a verse line having four metrical feet
Late Latin tetrametrus, from Greek tetrametron, from neuter of tetrametros, having four measures : tetra-, tetra- + -metron, measure; see -meter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)