from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A three-syllable word.
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- n. a word comprised of three syllables
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word consisting of three syllables only.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word consisting of three syllables.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word having three syllables
Metrically it represents one short and two long quantities (U — —), forming in Latin a trisyllable foot, called
It gives them no direct advantage over the clod who stumbles against a trisyllable.
Each line ends with a trisyllable or a tetrasyllable, with dissyllabic rhyme running through the quatrain.
A dissyllable or trisyllable precedes the caesura.
Could'st thou not find a trisyllable to express some parts of nature for a collection of which that learned and worthy physician is eminent?
Thus, if the first line end with an accented monosyllable, the second line will end with a dissyllabic word accented on its first syllable, or if the first line end with a dissyllable accented on its penultimate the second line will end with a trisyllable accented on its ante-penultimate.
The name is not Iroquois -- yet it may be, too -- a soft, gracious trisyllable stolen from the Lenape.
As with Mutineer once, he had dropped his bridle, but there was no use in uttering, as he had, then, the trisyllable which had reduced the horse to order.
This has all the technical marks of late Elizabethan dramatic blank verse: "vision" as a trisyllable; the redundant syllable in the middle of the line; the colloquial abbreviation of "in the"; not to mention the fanciful vein of the whole passage, which might lead any one unacquainted with Milton to look for this quotation among the dramas of the prime.
 A trisyllable, as in strictness it ought to be.
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