from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
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In the first place, to be clever at an entertainment, understanding what rhythm is for the war-dance, and what, again, according to the dactyle.
Paris, and under the same circumstance of pressure, -- the want of a word that began with a vowel, -- because a word beginning with a consonant could not, of course, follow the last foot of a dactyle ending with a consonant; -- therefore Ovid took refuge in what is called "poetical license," which is a gentle term for expressing departure from syntax.
But in both cases I preferred to lock up by the massy spondaic variety; yet never forgetting to premise a dancing dactyle -- 'many a' -- and 'pinion of.'
Mr. Fabian kneeled like a dactyle: Mr. Jeremiah kneeled like a spondee, or rather like a molossus.
Up started the 'dactyle;' up started the 'spondee;' out flew their swords; curses, dactylic and spondaic, began to roll; and the gemini of the university of X, side by side, strode after the Junonicide, who proved to be