American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A metrical foot having three short or unstressed syllables.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient prosody, a foot consisting of three short times or syllables, two of which belong to the thesis and one to the arsis, or vice versa. It is accordingly trisemic and diplasic. The tribrach was not used in continuous composition, but as a substitute for a trochee (the trochaic tribrach,
for or for an iambus (the iambic tribrach, for The name trochee or choree (trochæus, choreus) was given by some ancient authorities to the tribrach. Also tribrachys.
- n. Same as tribrachial.
- n. A classical metrical foot having three short or unstressed syllables
- n. A circular platform on three legs each having levelling screws; used to connect a theodolite to a tripod
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Gr. & L. Pros.) A poetic foot of three short syllables, .
- Greek τρείς, three + βραχύς, short (Wiktionary)
- Latin tribrachys, from Greek tribrakhus : tri-, tri- + brakhus, short; see mregh-u- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The two metals have a different coefficient of expansion, and while the feet fitted the tribrach at ordinary temperatures, they were quite loose at temperatures in the region of 20 degrees Fahr. below zero.”
“Another point which appears worth mentioning is the following; The foot – screws were of brass, the tribrach, into which they fitted, was made of aluminium for the sake of lightness.”
“Classical prosody distinguished several other feet, some of which are occasionally mentioned in treatises on English verse: amphibrach ◡ _ ◡, tribrach ◡ ◡ ◡, pyrrhic ◡ ◡, paeon _ ◡ ◡ ◡, choriamb _ ◡ ◡ _.”
“Fanniae of our day to talk of varying the trochee with the iambus, or of resolving either into the tribrach.”
“But to go on from this, as Dr Guest and some of his followers have done, to the subjection of the whole invaluable vocabulary of classical prosody to a sort of _præmunire_, to hold up the hands in horror at the very name of a tribrach, and exhibit symptoms of catalepsy at the word catalectic -- to ransack the dictionary for unnatural words or uses of words like "catch," and "stop," and”
“Juno, meantime, whose feelings were less affected, did not kneel at all; but, like a tribrach, amused herself with chasing a hare which just then crossed one of the forest ridings.”
“a spondee from a tribrach they vapour about prosody, of which they know nothing, and imagine to be new what antedates the Upanishads.”
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