Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A metrical foot having three short or unstressed syllables.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A poetic foot of three short syllables, .

from The 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.
  • n. Same as tribrachial.

Etymologies

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)
Greek τρείς, three + βραχύς, short (Wiktionary)

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