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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a metrically complete pattern, especially having the full number of syllables in the final foot. Used of verse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In prosody, not halting short; complete; having the complete number of syllables in the last foot: as, an acatalectic verse.
  • noun A verse which has the complete number of syllables in the last foot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Pros.) Not defective; complete.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective poetry, prosody Designating a line of verse having the required number of syllables in the last foot.
  • noun poetry, prosody A verse which has the complete number of feet and syllables

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (verse) metrically complete; especially having the full number of syllables in the final metrical foot
  • noun (prosody) a line of verse that has the full number of syllables

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin acatalēcticus, from Greek akatalēktikos : a-, not; see a– + katalēktikos, incomplete; see catalectic.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late Latin acatalēcticus, from Ancient Greek ακατάληκτος ("leaving off")

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