from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metrical foot consisting of one accented syllable followed by two unaccented or of one long syllable followed by two short, as in flattery.
- n. A finger, toe, or similar part or structure; a digit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A poetical foot of three syllables (— ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A poetical foot of three sylables (--- ˘ ˘), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented
- n. A finger or toe; a digit.
- n. The claw or terminal joint of a leg of an insect or crustacean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A unit of linear measure; a finger-breadth; a digit: used in reference to Greek, Egyptian, and Babylonian measures.
- n. In prosody, a foot of three syllables, the first long, the second and third short.
- n. In anatomy: A digit, whether of the hand or foot; a finger or a toe.
- n. A toe or digit of the hind foot only, when the word digit is restricted to a finger.
- n. In zoology, a dactylus.
- n. The piddock, Pholas dactylus. See dactylus .—
- To move nimbly; leap; bound.
- n. In Greek antiquity, a mythological creature supposed to have the secrets of fire and of iron-working.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
- n. a metrical unit with stressed-unstressed-unstressed syllables
Because of the lever action, the striking limb called a dactyl moves much faster than the releasing chitin and attains the tremendous acceleration.
Some prefer the _Iambic_ (macron-breve) (short - long) as approaching the nearest to common language; for which reason, they say, it is generally made use of in fables and comedies, on account of it's resemblance to conversation; and because the dactyl, which is the favourite number of hexameters, is more adapted to a pompous style.
Other researchers have studied a variety of ways for climbing robots to stick to walls, including dry adhesives, microspines, so-called "dactyl" spines or large claws like ROCRs, suction cups, magnets, and even a mix of dry adhesive and claws to mimic wall-climbing geckos.
Other researchers have studied a variety of ways for climbing robots to stick to walls, including dry adhesives, microspines, so-called "dactyl" spines or large claws like ROCR's, suction cups, magnets, and even a mix of dry adhesive and claws to mimic wall-climbing geckos.
(which should be easy enough to pronounce) and "dactyl".
Of course the 'trochee trochee dactyl trochee trochee pattern is only the vaguest approximation of quantitative metrics, but it nonetheless imposes (lyrical or playful) exigencies on the language of the poem that lead, in the best of cases, to discovery, directions to the poem unexpected even to the poet.
I should not be trying to write a PSA double dactyl this late at night....
The dactyl degrades over time but is rebuilt when the shrimp molts and creates a new skin.
The chapter then proceeds to consider the four most common metrical patterns: in relative order of importance, the iambic, the anapest, the trochee and the dactyl.
With a polished iamb, trochee, dactyl, amphibrach and anapest.