from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Anc. Pros.) A foot consisting of four syllables, of which the first and last are long, and the other short (- ˘ ˘ -); that is, a choreus, or trochee, and an iambus united.
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- noun poetry A
metrical footconsisting of four syllables, of which the first and last are long, and the others short; a choreus, or trochee, united with an iambus.
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Thus the three words marked above make a 'choriambus' -- u u
Thus, the three words marked above make a _choriambus_ -- u u, or perhaps a _pæon primus_ - u u u; a dactyl, by virtue of comic rapidity, being only equal to an iambus when distinctly pronounced.
But by virtue of the last principle — the retardation of acceleration of time — we have the proceleusmatic foot u u u u, and the _dispondæus_ ----, not to mention the _choriambus_, the ionics, pæons, and epitrites.