from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A trisyllabic metrical foot having one accented or long syllable between two unaccented or short syllables, as in the word remember.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metrical foot in ancient Greek or Latin consisting of two short syllables surrounding one long one (e.g. amāta).
- n. A metrical foot in modern prosody, consisting of three syllables, the middle one of which is stressed (e.g. Jamaica).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short (˘ -- ˘); as, hăbērĕ. In modern prosody the accented syllable takes the place of the long and the unaccented of the short; as, pro-phet"ic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In prosody, a foot of three syllables, the middle one long, the first and last short: as, hăbērě, in Latin: the opposite of amphimacer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metrical unit with unstressed-stressed-unstressed syllables (e.g., `remember')
If such a method of discriminating types be applied to the present material, then the most easily coördinated -- the most natural -- form is the dactyl; the anapæst stands next; the amphibrach is the most unnatural and difficult to coördinate.
With a polished iamb, trochee, dactyl, amphibrach and anapest.
Classical prosody distinguished several other feet, some of which are occasionally mentioned in treatises on English verse: amphibrach ◡ _ ◡, tribrach ◡ ◡ ◡, pyrrhic ◡ ◡, paeon _ ◡ ◡ ◡, choriamb _ ◡ ◡ _.
The amphibrach, laid out on this scheme, would coincide with the dactyl, as there are but three possible zones for foot elements: the zone of the limiting sensation (always occupied by the accented syllable), the zone of the contraction phase (occupied by the unaccented syllables of the iamb and anapæst), and the zone of the relaxation phase (occupied by the unaccented syllable of the trochee and the middle syllable of the dactyl).
I'd like to see a rigorous test, in which the applicant has to demonstrate full mastery of alliteration and assonance, imagery and metonymy, amphibrach and amphimacer, rondeau and pantoum, triolet and villanelle.
_amphibrach_, which consists of three syllables, the second of which is accented, as in the word _de-ni'-al_.